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Potassium causing stomach pain

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by J4son, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. J4son

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    I dont know if anyone has experienced this but this is what I did.I took potassium chloride , put it in capsules and swallowed four of them thinking it was a good way to supplement potassium.I soon got a stomach pain and now I have it for 6 days.It comes and goes and it certainly is weaker and less frequent than the first time but it still hurts sometimes.Why did this happen?Will it go away or could I have permanent damage in my stomach/intestines and need to see a doctor?
     
  2. PatJ

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    Potassium chloride can cause tissue damage, especially at high doses. It's the reason that potassium supplements are usually limited to 99mg. There is usually the instruction to consume it with a lot of liquid or food to help dilute the potassium.

    Potassium gluconate is a better option because it's gentler on the stomach. I used to take potassium gluconate powder (mixed with liquid) and didn't have any stomach problems.

    You probably did some damage that is slowly healing but a visit to the doctor would be a good idea in case you are at risk of complications from any damage to your stomach lining.

    According to Erica Verrillo's CFS Treatment Guide 2e: "Glutamine can help heal injured gut mucosa after surgery and, in a high percentage (92%) of patients, completely heals ulcer damage." If your doctor has any familiarity with this ability of glutamine then s/he might be in favor of using it to help your stomach heal.
     
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    Thanks for answering.I already have a box now foods l-glutamine powder.Do you know how much to take and when?
     
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    I checked a couple of instructions on bottles:
    * Jarrow 1000mg tablets - "Take 1 tablet, 1 or 2 times per day, preferably on an empty stomach, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant." "L-Glutamine is also a major source of fuel for enterocytes (intestinal cells) and hence supports the integrity of the intestinal lining."
    * Vitacost 1000mg - "As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule 1-3 times daily, preferably between meals."
    * Source Naturals 500mg - "1 capsule daily, or as recommended by your health care professional."

    That's quite a range from 500mg/day to 3000mg/day.

    This blog about dealing with leaky gut talks about doses of up to 40g/day (working up by 10g per day to avoid stomach upset), and explains the reasoning behind that dose. It also mentions sipping the mixture throughout the day.

    I can't recommend a dose but maybe the above blog post will give you enough information to make a decision.
     
  5. J4son

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    Thank you ,after doing 3 doses of l-glutamine , pain has subsided and is much less intense.I will report back in two weeks.
     
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    I don't know what would cause those symptoms. If you post a new thread with your question then you'll probably get more responses.
     
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