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dc.contributor.authorBlanning, Adameng
dc.contributor.authorWestfall, John M.eng
dc.date.issued2001eng
dc.description.abstractCase series show that hypokalemia following initiation of diuretic therapy occurs in most patients within 2 to 8 weeks. However, no studies are available that adequately predict the risk of this complex and multifactorial condition. Patients taking diuretics should have a potassium level checked in the first 2 to 8 weeks after initiating therapy. Mild hypokalemia (3.1 to 3.4 mmol/L) may be transient, so a repeat measurement may be considered before initiating potassium replacement. Dietary sodium restriction may also help to conserve potassium, because this will decrease urinary flow rate and potassium loss. The frequency with which to check potassium levels should be guided by the patients' underlying clinical conditions and dietary potassium and sodium intake. (Grade of Recommendation: C, based on case series)eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/2801eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherFamily Physicians Inquiries Networkeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionClinical Inquiries, 2001 (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. School of Medicine. Department of Family and Community Medicine. Family Physicians Inquiries Networkeng
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of family practice, 50, no. 03 (March 2001)eng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.eng
dc.subjectpotassium replacementeng
dc.subjectdietary sodiumeng
dc.subject.lcshHypokalemiaeng
dc.subject.lcshPotassium deficiency diseaseseng
dc.subject.lcshPotassiumeng
dc.subject.lcshSodium -- Metabolismeng
dc.subject.lcshSalt in the bodyeng
dc.titleHow soon should serum potassium levels be monitored for patients started on diuretics?eng
dc.typeArticleeng


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