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Question by  johnmonaco (1)

I have an elevated potassium level (5.6). Could this be from taking OsteoBiFlex for years?

I take two tablets twice a day, which contain 3500 mg potassium.


Answer by  malone (4817)

The RDA for potassium is 3500 mg. Most potassium compounds are water soluble. Your physician can determine the cause of the elevated levels in your bloodstream, then you will have to monitor your intake if it proves to be a continuing problem.


Answer by  Sergiu (344)

It is unlikely that OsteoBiFlex can elevate potassium levels. It's not a drug but a supplement, so it should not be dangerous. You might want to consult a cardiologist and endocrinologist, because high potassium can depress the heart and might be caused by a hormone problem. Might not be the case at all, just to make sure.


Answer by  MedStudent01 (1131)

It is very possible that your elevated potassium levels are due to this. A total of 7 grams of potassium a day isn't as much as I have seen, but if you've taken it for years, it could be possible. What I'm more concerned is if there are kidney problems - kidney problems can lead to high potassium as well.


Answer by  Ben80 (288)

It could be the cause of taking that for so long but really only your doctor will be able to tell you.

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