Hypokalemia

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What is hypokalemia?

Hypokalemia refers to the condition in which the concentration of potassium in the blood is low. Normal serum potassium levels are between 3.5 to 5.0 mEq/L; at least 95% of the body's potassium is found inside cells, with the remainder in the blood.

Common symptoms reported by people with hypokalemia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with hypokalemia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)

Data from patients with hypokalemia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with hypokalemia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation increased energy 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
ejaculation delayed ejaculation difficult 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
increased appetite pain in gums
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with hypokalemia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has hypokalemia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 11
30s 22
40s 30
50s 40
60s 28
70+ 6
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 8
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 16
50-59 years 16
60-69 years 5
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

85% Female
15% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 94
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from hypokalemia patients who have completed their condition history
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