Does Potassium Lower Your Blood Pressure At Night

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Shar Says:


I take amlodipine in the morning for high bp and a water pill, at night I take Losartan and Lorazepham and I am on flexeril and 5mg of percocet 3x day for back pain. My BP is so high at night I can feel the heart beat in my fingertips and i lay awake for hours. I read where if I take potassium at night it will help to lower my BP. Is this true and if so, could it eliminate my BP meds at night. doc says it is stress related and rises when I am in pain.



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Shar! How are you?

You should not take potassium, in addition to the Losartan, unless your doctor specifically says you should, because Losartan can also raise your potassium levels and building up too much of it in your body can be very dangerous.

Have you actually checked your blood pressure at night, or are you just assuming it's high due to feeling your heart beat?

The reason I'm asking is because palpitations can be a normal side effect of these medications and, sometimes, at night, when you lay down and everything's quiet, you notice them easier than at other times, but that doesn't necessarily mean that your blood pressure or heart rate are elevated.

The FDA lists the typical side effects of these medications as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, increased urination and hypotension.


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