Potassium Supplements And Lasix?

Question

Asked by marcy costa

Potassium Supplements And Lasix?

Is it absolutely necessary to take potassium supplements if you're taking Lasix?

Answer

Hi Marcy,

Looks like Dr. Crane and I were answering your question at the same time! I'll go ahead and post my answer anyway:

Taking potassium along with Lasix is the best move for your heart health. Lasix is a loop diuretic that causing increased potassium loss in your urine. Work with you MD to determine the appropriate potassium supplement for you.

Even if you were not taking a diuretic adequate potassium intake is an essential part of lowering high blood pressure. Studies consistently find that individuals consuming a high potassium diet have lower blood pressures.

If there is a reason you do not tolerate a potassium supplement, there are food options you can use to increase your potassium intake, such as dried apricots, avocados, dates, and cantaloupe.

Work with your MD to determine the best treatment for you.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD

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