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What are the long-term treatments for hyperkalemia?

The long-term treatment for hyperkalemia is to treat the underlying condition that caused the blood levels of potassium to rise too high. In addition, potassium supplementation should be stopped or reduced. Individuals should alter their diets to exclude foods high in potassium, processed foods, and fatty meats. If possible, medications that raise blood levels of potassium should be discontinued. Certain individuals with chronic or recurring hyperkalemia may need a strong diuretic, called a loop diuretic, that acts quickly and flushes a large amount of urine containing potassium out of the system. A salt substitute should not be used if the individual has kidney failure.

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