elevated potassium readings on recent blood test

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Murg
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   Posted 9/6/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
 hi can anyone tell mme if they have had high potassium readings? I also take medication for high blood pressure
 
dx 1991, had 3 resections, two fistulas. In remission since 2007.Currently taking azazathioprine and loperamide for my Crohns, amlodopidine and lisinopril for high BP, multi vitamins with iron and cod liver oil capsules too.

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Nanners
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm...never heard of high potassium, its usually the other way around. I take bp meds myself, but never had high potassium. Hopefully, someone else will have had experience. Welcome to the forum by the way:)
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ZenaWP
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   Posted 9/7/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm pretty sure I had some blood work come back with high potassium when I was doing a clinical trial for Cimzia and they would do blood work each month.  No one ever acted like it was a problem, so we didn't do anything about it and I think it returned to normal. 

jpnutritionfirst
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   Posted 9/7/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
With high potassium, the first thing to do is repeat the test. The normal range is 3-5. If it's significantly above that, it might be due to the red blood cells in the sample bursting open and releasing intracellular potassium into the plasma giving you a high reading. This is a lab error, also known as pseudohyperkalemia. The fact that you take blood pressure medications may be contributing to your high potassium. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors such as lisinopril (or any drug ending in "pril") decrease your kidney's potassium secretion thus increasing the level. Angiotensin receptor blockers such as losartan also do this by a similar mechanism. Beta blockers such as metoprolol would actually decrease your potassium level if there was any such effect. Depends on what bp meds you're taking.
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   Posted 9/7/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healing Well! Do you have Crohn's disease? If so, have you been on prednisone recently? Sometimes when prednisone is withdrawn too quickly, potassium levels can go up. There are a variety of conditions that can cause above normal levels of potassium. If the potassium gets too high, it can cause serious heart issues. What has your doctor said about your high potassium level?

You can read here about other conditions that cause elevated potassium levels:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001179.htm
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Murg
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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I have been back to GP and have had a repeat blood test. She didn't seem unduly concerned, more than likely thought it was a lab issue so we will wait and see..........
dx 1991, had 3 resections, two fistulas. In remission since 2007.Currently taking azazathioprine and loperamide for my Crohns, amlodopidine and lisinopril for high BP, multi vitamins with iron and cod liver oil capsules too.
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