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Clinician’s Corner: IRON SUPPLEMENTATION

Let’s discuss another very common element, which approximately 14% to 18% of Americans supplement their diets with. Iron is a mineral that is naturally present in many foods, used to fortify some food products, and available as a dietary supplement. Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, a red...

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Clinician’s Corner: TREATMENT of HYPERkalemia

Too much of a good thing?  TREATMENT of HYPERkalemia Last week we discussed potassium supplementation and the treatment of hypokalemia. Even more challenging is when the potassium levels rise excessively, due to chronic kidney disease, heart failure, excessive tissue trauma (burns, etc.) or medications. Hyperkalemia: serum potassium level greater...

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Clinician’s Corner: Potassium

Potassium is lost through the kidneys when patients take diuretic therapy (fluid pills) for high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney failure to help remove excess fluid. Diarrhea, vomiting and corticosteroid use can also deplete potassium. Thiazide diuretics “lightweight diuretics” – HCTZ, chlorthalidone can cause potassium depletion, but the more...

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Clinician’s Corner: MAGNESIUM

MAGNESIUM We’re all done with the vitamins, now time to start discussing the minerals, starting with magnesium. We all know that potassium gets most of the attention when we think of diuretic use, but magnesium is becoming equally important.  Magnesium is also important for: managing bone metabolism nerve transmission,...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin K

Let’s wrap the last fat-soluble vitamin.  This one your Thompson Pharmacist never gets to recommend over the counter. We get plenty from our diet, as well as make our own in our gut.  Fat soluble vitamins usually accumulate, and water-soluble vitamins are quickly removed.  Not the case for Vitamin-K...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin E

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a fat-soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties; it protects cell membranes from oxidation and destruction. A few decades ago it was widely touted for everything, however lately its use has fallen out of favor. As an antioxidant, it protects cells from the damage caused by free...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin-D

As we continue our review of the fat-soluble vitamins, let’s discuss Vitamin-D, the one fat soluble vitamin most of us should be taking.  Living in Central Pennsylvania, especially this time of year we don’t get much sunlight on our bare skin. Sources: very few foods contain natural Vitamin-D:  fish...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin-A

Now we start our journey through the fat-soluble vitamins of A, D, E, K.  These vitamins can accumulate and cause adverse effects.  Rarely does someone get excess fat-soluble vitamins from the diet, but excess supplementation may cause accumulation and potential serious side effects. Vitamin-A What it does: Vitamin A...

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