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Can high potassium levels cause diarrhea?

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Dr. Ramesh Kumar

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Posted on Tue, 24 Apr 2018 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Can extra potassium cause diarrhea ?

I took a small dab of cream of tartar to stop muscle cramps
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Get serum electrolyte checked.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for query.
No hyperkalemisa does not cause diarrhea but may cause fatal heart palpitations.
For muscle cramp at age of 85 initially get your serum electrolytes monitored.
After that you can take oral rehydration solution to maintain electrolyte balance.
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