What is the follow-up care for patients receiving drugs that may cause hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Patients taking drugs that can alter serum potassium levels require periodic follow-up care. The greater the number of medical problems and the greater the number of drugs, the more frequent the follow-up care should be. Failure to check potassium levels after alteration of 1 of these drugs could allow the patient to develop a lethal complication. Bear in mind that the combination of potassium supplements, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, and potassium-sparing diuretics has the potential to produce severe hyperkalemia.


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