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I take high blood pressure medications, should I be taking a potassium salt substitute?

Some medications used to control blood pressure can make your body lose potassium, so you may be prescribed a potassium supplement by your doctor. However, other blood pressure medications can prevent potassium loss. Salt substitutes containing potassium are best avoided when taking ACE inhibitors or potassium-sparing diuretics because they increase the level of potassium in your body and too much potassium can cause heart palpitations.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 17 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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