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katiebobatie
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i'm sure most of you already know this, but make sure you are taking plenty of potassium while doing bicillin injections!!!

not taking potassium put me through so much pain last month, but as soon as i started taking it, it made a world of difference!

my doctor warned me that i would need it, but i kinda just forgot and ended up in a world of a pain.

so this is just a friendly reminder to take your potassium and spare yourself for the pain i put myself through from not doing so [Razz]

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How come? I haven't heard of that-- interesting
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katiebobatie
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apparently bicillin effects your potassium levels... that's really all i know. i don't understand why it does... just that it does [Razz]

my doctor flat out told me i would lose potassium while taking bicillin, so he's been monitoring my levels ever since i started.

now that i've started taking potassium, all of my new and unusual muscle pain disappeared [Smile]

i figured not every single doctor out there realizes this, so i thought i should warn people.

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tricia386
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Thanks Katie!

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Wow, I wonder why docs don't tell their patients this. Mine never told me when I was doing bicillin.
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katiebobatie
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yeah, i'm so glad my doctor insisted on keeping a close eye on it.

i googled bicillin and found a bunch of random people on it who are complaining that they suffer from low potassium and have no clue why.

they are definitely connected!

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Never knew that. I was on Bicillin three times a week for 6 months.

What are the symptoms of low potasium? I know I was really fatigued on it. I just assumed that was one of the side effects.

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How much potassium is recommended? I may be doing bicillin in July.

Supplementing potassium is frustrating because of the low dose it is sold in. If I remember right, most potassium is 3mgs which is small percentage of a daily recommended intake.

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LymeCFIDSMCS
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Wow I did not know this -- thanks.

I just had a delicious coconut water drink and learned coconut water is super high in potassium, just fyi.

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so glad to see this

My potassium goes low a lot for the last few years.......

ask doctor for script, potassium

I have had the fever/sweat thing so often ..or just so out of it that I'm doing good to get ater in

I like the flavored coconut not ( not Pineapple)

Just got asked to do the blood type diet,,it says no coconut or Brazil nuts,,,I think I will fudge on that a bit

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anybody else on this?/
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