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Friday, August 29, 2014
High Blood Pressure
Salt substitute with Atenolol and Felodipine
My husband was recently told to cut out salt. Can we use a salt substitute with Atenolol ( 50 mg per day) and Felodipine ( 10 mg 2 times per day)??
Many salt substitutes contain potassium. Atenolol is a beta blocker and can raise blood potassium levels. In people with normal kidney function, the increase in usually small.
Many experts recommend to measure a blood potassium level a few weeks after starting a beta blocker, especially when one increases the potassium in the diet. If high potassium levels occur, they often respond to the addition of a diuretic.
Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati