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What is potassium deficiency?

Potassium deficiency is a rare condition, which is medically known as hypokalaemia. In this condition, there is a deficiency of potassium in the body producing specific signs and symptoms.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

The first and the most common symptom of potassium deficiency is a generalised weakness in the whole body and fatigue. Other particular symptoms of this deficiency are as follows:

  • A problem in food digestion.
  • Muscle cramps and stiffness.
  • Palpitation (a notably rapid, irregular and loud heartbeat).
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Numbness or tingling in the limbs.

What are the main causes?

There are many medical conditions and drug side effects which can result in potassium deficiency. Some of the causes are listed below:

How is it diagnosed and treated?

On presenting with the above-mentioned symptoms, the physician may order a few tests, such as a blood test, which can show the levels of potassium, calcium, and other minerals in the bloodstream.

In the case of irregular heart rhythms, an electrocardiogram (ECG) may also be suggested, as a potassium deficiency can affect the heart rate.

The treatment for this condition is easy and shows rapid improvement in symptoms. Based on the condition of the person and the presenting symptoms, the doctor will suggest various medications. If the potassium content in the bloodstream is not dangerously low, then the physician will prescribe certain pills or syrup with potassium salts to restore the potassium balance.

If the case is severe and the person is suffering from palpitations, he/she is put on an intravenous (IV or through the vein) supplementation of potassium.

Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum to avoid risks of developing potassium deficiency and a balanced diet should be followed.

  1. Medicines for Potassium Deficiency
  2. Doctors for Potassium Deficiency
Dr. B.P Yadav

Dr. B.P Yadav

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Dr. Vineet Saboo

Dr. Vineet Saboo

एंडोक्राइन ग्रंथियों और होर्मोनेस सम्बन्धी विज्ञान

Dr. JITENDRA GUPTA

Dr. JITENDRA GUPTA

एंडोक्राइन ग्रंथियों और होर्मोनेस सम्बन्धी विज्ञान

Medicines for Potassium Deficiency

Medicines listed below are available for Potassium Deficiency. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
AldactoneAldactone 100 Mg Tablet131.85
Aimil LactoneLactone 100 Mg Tablet25.2
KclKcl Injection21.87
PotclPotcl 1.5 Gm Injection23.6
TroykclTroykcl 150 Mg Injection100.0
AldolocAldoloc 20 Mg/50 Mg Tablet47.02
AldostixAldostix 20 Mg/50 Mg Tablet22.75
FruselacFruselac 20 Mg/50 Mg Tablet29.5
FrusisFrusis 20 Mg/50 Mg Tablet36.0
Lactomide (S.V. Biovac)Lactomide Tablet10.07
LasilactoneLasilactone Tablet33.32
Urecton PlusUrecton Plus 20 Mg/50 Mg Tablet26.49
Amifru SAmifru S 20 Mg/50 Mg Tablet27.0
AquamideAquamide 20 Mg/50 Mg Tablet26.82
LactomideLactomide 20 Mg/50 Mg Tablet24.76
MinilactoneMinilactone Tablet25.1
SpiromideSpiromide Tablet46.2
CatlonCatlon Drop62.0
SterofundinSterofundin Iso Infusion225.0
Diucontin KDiucontin K 20 Mg/250 Mg Tablet32.5
Dyamide PlusDyamide Plus 50 Mg/10 Mg Tablet50.0
Dyloop PlusDyloop Plus 50 Mg/10 Mg Tablet30.4
Dytor PlusDytor Plus 10 Tablet55.5
Excretor PlusExcretor Plus 50 Mg/10 Mg Tablet45.1
Tide PlusTide Plus 10 Mg Tablet24.0
Torsinex PlusTorsinex Plus Tablet20.3
Zator PlusZator Plus 50 Mg/10 Mg Tablet29.0
Tores PlusTores Plus Tablet38.75
Torget PlusTorget Plus 10 Mg Tablet64.8
TorlactoneTorlactone 10 Mg Tablet28.8
Torlactone LsTorlactone Ls Tablet18.6
FrumideFrumide 40 Mg/5 Mg Tablet5.6
FrumilFrumil 40 Mg/5 Mg Tablet6.7
AmifruAmifru 40 Mg/5 Mg Tablet6.5
Exna KExna K 40 Mg/5 Mg Tablet14.5
MetolactoneMetolactone 2.5 Mg/50 Mg Tablet46.65
PlegiocardPlegiocard 162.65 Mg/59.65 Mg/13.64 Mg Injection151.0
Ringer Lactate (Claris)Ringer Lactaten Infusion48.5
GelaspanGelaspan Infusion495.0
IntasolIntasol Infusion240.0
Ringer Lactate Ip PolyRinger Lactate Ip Poly Infusion39.17
Rl (Skkl)Rl Infusion31.25

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