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I am taking losartan potassium "LIFEZAR" 50mg to control my blood presure, can I substitute it?
I am working in the desert, and the only available losartan potassium here in "COZAAR". Since both medicines are losartan potassium, could I take "COZAAR" 50mg if ever I run out of "LIFEZAR" 50mg. "LIFEZAR" is a brand name of losartan potassium in the Philippines. Thanks.
Dadirac
01/25/08
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  yes you can, though you will need a prescription from a doctor here to get it. All I would do is find a doc and bring you bottles.
TelsaCoil
01/25/08
Whats the differenc between Losartan Potassium and Losartan Potassium with HCTZ?
chichi
01/12/07
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  Losartan potassium with HCTZ has hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) in it. That is another medication called a diuretic. It also lowers the blood pressure. The two medications often work well together, which is why the drug companies make a pill that contains them both. If one pill, Losartan, is not string enough, you doctor may start the combo pill instead.
Janice M
01/12/07
What is Losartan Potassium prescibed for, 50 mg taken orally?
pat m
06/08/11
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  Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure. The 50 mg is the middle strength, 25 being the lowest and 100 the highest.
MxMayhem
06/08/11
If a tablet contains 50 mg losartan potassium and 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide how many tablets do I take?
If a tablet contains 50 mg losartan potassium and 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide how many tablets do I take in one day.
agyarko@sbcglobal.net
02/24/06
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  Hyzaar(Losartan/hydrochlorothiazide)50mg/12.5mg

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Hypertension Dosing must be individualized.
The usual starting dose of losartan is 50 mg once daily, with 25 mg recommended for patients with intravascular volume depletion (e.g., patients treated with diuretics) and patients with a history of hepatic impairment

Losartan can be administered once or twice daily at total daily doses of 25 to 100 mg. If the antihypertensive effect measured at trough using once-a-day dosing is inadequate, a twice-a-day regimen at the same total daily dose or an increase in dose may give a more satisfactory response.

Hydrochlorothiazide is effective in doses of 12.5 to 50 mg once daily and can be given at doses of 12.5 to 25 mg as HYZAAR. To minimize dose-independent side effects, it is usually appropriate to begin combination therapy only after a patient has failed to achieve the desired effect with monotherapy.

The side effects of losartan are generally rare and apparently independent of dose; those of hydrochlorothiazide are a mixture of dose-dependent (primarily hypokalemia) and dose-independent phenomena (e.g., pancreatitis), the former much more common than the latter.

Therapy with any combination of losartan and hydrochlorothiazide will be associated with both sets of dose-independent side effects.

Replacement Therapy: The combination may be substituted for the titrated components.

Dose Titration by Clinical Effect: A patient whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled with losartan monotherapy (see above) or hydrochlorothiazide alone, may be switched to HYZAAR 50-12.5 (losartan 50 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg) once daily. If blood pressure remains uncontrolled after about 3 weeks of therapy, the dose may be increased to two tablets of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily or one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 (losartan 100 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg) once daily. A patient whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled with losartan 100 mg monotherapy (see above) may be switched to HYZAAR 100-12.5 once daily. If blood pressure remains uncontrolled after about 3 weeks of therapy, the dose may be increased to two tablets of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily or one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 (losartan 100 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg) once daily.A patient whose blood pressure is inadequately controlled by 25 mg once daily of hydrochlorothiazide, or is controlled but who experiences hypokalemia with this regimen, may be switched to HYZAAR 50-12.5 (losartan 50 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg) once daily, reducing the dose of hydrochlorothiazide without reducing the overall expected antihypertensive response. The clinical response to HYZAAR 50-12.5 should be subsequently evaluated, and if blood pressure remains uncontrolled after about 3 weeks of therapy, the dose may be increased to two tablets of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily or one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 (losartan 100 mg/hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg) once daily.The usual dose of HYZAAR is one tablet of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily. More than two tablets of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily or more than one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 once daily is not recommended. The maximal antihypertensive effect is attained about 3 weeks after initiation of therapy.Use in Patients with Renal Impairment: The usual regimens of therapy with HYZAAR may be followed as long as the patient's creatinine clearance is >30 mL/min. In patients with more severe renal impairment, loop diuretics are preferred to thiazides, so HYZAAR is not recommended.

Patients with Hepatic Impairment: HYZAAR is not recommended for titration in patients with hepatic impairment because the appropriate 25 mg starting dose of losartan cannot be given. Severe Hypertension The starting dose of HYZAAR for initial treatment of severe hypertension is one tablet of HYZAAR 50-12.5 once daily (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacodynamics and Clinical Effects). For patients who do not respond adequately to HYZAAR 50-12.5 after 2 to 4 weeks of therapy, the dosage may be increased to one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 once daily. The maximum dose is one tablet of HYZAAR 100-25 once daily. HYZAAR is not recommended as initial therapy in patients with hepatic impairment because the appropriate 25 mg starting dose of losartan cannot be given. It is also not recommended for use as initial therapy in patients with intravascular volume depletion (e.g., patients treated with diuretics.

HYZAAR®50-12.5 (Losartan Potassium-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)
HYZAAR®100-12.5 (Losartan Potassium-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)
HYZAAR®100-25 (Losartan Potassium-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)

16 Hypertensive Patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Treatment should be initiated with COZAAR 50 mg once daily. Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg should be added or HYZAAR 50-12.5 substituted if the blood pressure reduction is inadequate. If additional blood pressure reduction is needed, COZAAR 100 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg or HYZAAR 100-12.5 may be substituted, followed by COZAAR 100 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg or HYZAAR 100-25. For further blood pressure reduction other antihypertensives should be added

HYZAAR may be administered with other antihypertensive agents. HYZAAR may be administered with or without food
Hiten
04/01/06
is it advisable to take losartan potassium as blood pressure maintenance drug?
coz my grandma is taking it everyday..
montedonna
06/19/09
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  yes it is.. my father, grandmother and uncle take it everyday as well.. it's a widely prescribed drug... I have a family history or hypertension so i know.. hehe.. you're grandma's gonna be fine..
kidphysicist
06/19/09
Frusemide reduces Sodium & Potassium and increases uric acid level. What to do in such a case for HTN control?
I have a problem of Hypertension. I am obese (BMI=32+) and Hypothyroid. I also have high level of Uric Acid (6.5). I have been advised to consume Losartan Potassium 500mg and Frusemide 40mgm. daily till my BP becomes normal. I am afraid that consuming Frusemide will create an imbalance in my Sodium & Potassium levels, and also increase Uric acid. Please suggest what to do in such a case ?
sanjibkumar4life
02/04/08
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  It will not increase your uric acid levels. If you keep yourself well hydrated, you will not have an imbalance in your electrolytes. Also, eating a banana a day will help keep your potassium up. Unless you want to continue to have your doctor add medication after medication to control your blood pressure, you need to start eating a more healthy diet and begin a regular exercise program (walking is easiest - start slowly with short distances and gradually increase your distance and pace until you are walking a minimum of 30 minutes per day). Then, you can reduce your weight and your blood pressure. When starting on Furosemide, your doctor will probably have you have some blood drawn in a few weeks to monitor your potassium levels. Decreasing the amount of protein consumed in your diet will also help reduce your uric acid levels.
J B
02/04/08
I have lately heard a lot about this herbal medicine called muktavati for high BP...how good or bad is it ?
is it safe to switch from the mild alopathic drugs i am on (losartan potassium) to muktavati......my BP has at an average been at 130/75 for almost 6 months!
abspandey_16
06/06/07
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  Hi abspandey_16, it's big risk for you to answer, yes or no, your BP is 130/75 and this not significant deflection, most likely changing a diet and lifestyle wholly sufficiently, but my advice - find doctor who specializes in this field before you take any meds, and get a 2nd and 3rd opinion.

About Mukta Vati. Yes Mukta Vati contains various herbs that make MuktaVati a powerful herbal remedy for high blood pressure: such as Brahmi (Centella Asiatica), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), Shankhapushpi (Evolvulus Alsinoides L.), PushkarMool (Inula Racemosus), Jyotishmati (Celastrus Paniculatus), Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia), Red Clover Powder (Trifolium Pratense), also Pearl Powder (Mytilus margaritiferus), but get advice from doctor before you take med.
Jason Homan
Jason Homan
06/06/07
Should I take bp medicine or wait?
I sometimes can't remember if I have taken my bp medication or not, particularly if I am also taking other pills, as I am now...antibiotic and Advil. Which is safer...to skip that day's dose, or to take a double dose? I am on 100 mg Losartan Potassium. Yes, I know I need to buy a daily dosage pill container...that's next on my list, but in the meantime, such as today?
lovestolaugh
07/03/11
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  Do not take another dose. Wait it out until your next time to take your bp medicine. Doubling up could be very dangerous. Invest in an at home bp machine if you can, we have one and it's nice!
Susan Arenivaz
07/03/11
Is Aprovel 300mg tablet "IRBESARTAN" the same of Losartan potassium?
Is Aprovel 300mg "Irbesartan" can minimize the albumin and reduce the high blood pressure or hypertension.
julian m
09/25/08
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  No. They both are not the same but very similar. Both belong to a group called Angiotensin II antagonists. They are used to control high blood pressure and in some heart diseases. Yes, it can reduce albumin in urine. But has to be taken with the advice of a doctor only.
Jack
09/25/08
if a person has feeling of stomach fullness,abdom swelling,nausea,left upper abd oman pain plzz tell diagnosi?
along with that if he is becoming fatty,cholesterol levels are on boarderline,taking losartan potassium for blood pressure since one month ,but has this problem before that also has excessive scalp skin scaling,what is this condition,,,please help??????
elaton
10/27/08
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  Your cholesterol, blood pressure and scaling would most likely be unrelated. It might a side effect from the losartan potassium, but I don't believe the side effects include any of the things you mentioned. You should check the brochure that they gave you when you started the medication. But to me, it just sounds like acute gastritis, or dyspepsia. It's nothing serious. Basically it just means an irritation of the lining in your stomach. Just get some Zantac and you should be fine. But to make sure, go to your doctor, and maybe get an ultrasound or xray to be certain it's nothing serious.
KrissyB
10/27/08
Potassium citrate and potassium chloride?
If someone has been on Potassium citrate (urocit-k) for 9 years (for Cystinuria/Kidney stones), why would a doctor have them to start taking both the potassium citrate and the potassium chloride, together? Especially if that person has developed High blood pressure?
Cricket
02/18/09
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Why are Potassium tablets so low in the DV%?
I have looked at all the other supplements at GNC, like Vitamin C and Magnesium for example, and they have well over 100% of the DV. However, Potassium is only like 3 or 4% of the daily value, why is this? It seems pointless to buy if that is all the Potassium you are getting.
Tommy
07/18/09
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  I don't know, it does seem pointless but I am thinking that because Potassium is so easily obtained in the human diet they think that they don't have to put very much in the tablets. Or because they think people don't care to read the label and just pick up any random supplement they see.
Alice
07/18/09
I have to take Potassium and Magnesium bc I'm on diuretics - Does it matter between Calcate, Citrate, Carbo-
-nate etc. Also, does using Potassium Chloride (NoSalt) count towards Potassium supplementation?
elgüero
04/26/08
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  Citrate and carbonate are good forms to take. NoSalt would count, too.
Note that the different forms of the minerals have different molecular weights, so make sure you get the right amount of the mineral. Check the label to see how much potassium or magnesium is in a tablet of the supplement.
Susan S
04/27/08
What is the difference between potassium chloride an potassium bicarbonate?
In terms of healthy balance of bodily electrolytes, I'm not sure what difference there is between the two. Is it as simple as potassium chloride is the combination of the electrolytes potassium + chloride while potassium bicarbonate is the combination of the electrolytes potassium + bicarcarbonate? I'm not sure if it breaks down that simply.
Anne
11/14/06
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  Yes, it actually is that simple. Potassium bonds very well to both chloride and bicarbonate. Potassium has a +1 charge, while both chloride and bicarbonate have a -1 charge.

Check out this site for a detailed description of these three electrolytes and their effect on the body:

http://www.medicinenet.com/electrolytes/article.htm
ZachO
11/14/06
Why is there never a supplement that can provide a 100% DV of potassium?
I have constant muscle spasms in twitches and I was advised to take potassium and drink more water by both a doctor and a massuse. I've noticed that most any of them ever say is 3%. Is too much potassium a bad thing?
blueghettogirl8
08/06/09
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  Yes, too much K is a bad thing. It can cause kidney failure. I was put on a supplement by a doc and i didn't actually need it and i OD'd my kidney's went into whats called Azotemia which is a condition where your kidneys are messing up but aren't in actual renal failure. I was so sick for like a week til my body got it all out of my system. Stick to eating K rich foods like bananas and dark green leafy veggies. Don't mess with K supplements they will mess up your body.
☼▬Jessi Ann▬☼
08/06/09
What are the effects of spironolactone on acne? Also,if I get 2 much potassium from this drug,what can happen?
I am wondering about the drug Spironolactone and it's effects on people taking it for acne. Since this drug dramatically increases potassium in the bloodstream, what the the effects if a person takes too much potassium? Are their side effects? I thought potassium was a good thing, but I hear now that too much can kill you?
littlepope418
10/15/06
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  Excessive potassium can cause a heart arrythmia (irregular rhythm). When taking any drug that can alter electrolyte balance, periodic blood work needs to be done.
Ramona H
10/15/06
I'm having effects from low potassium again?
This morning my feet were stuck in a cramp for about an hour. Last time I had low potassium that kept my hands in cramps for hours at a time, I was pregnant and had to be hospitalized. I was in premature labor to add to the mix and they had me on magnesium sulfate to stop it. My level was 2.4 when I got there. I took the huge pills with orange juice 3x a day and within 3 days they got up to 3.5. It was decided that it must have been me missing the potassium in my diet even though I craved bananas, OJ, tangerines and I still do really always had a thing for oranges. So I've been extra careful to keep those things in my diet now I had that cramp which is coming back in my right foot I wonder is this a deficiecy or what? I am nursing, which takes a lot of calories but I eat right probably more nutritious foods because I'm nursing I don't think I should be lacking potassium when I drink OJ and eat bananas all the time. Then I'm reading up on low potassium on the internet and come across magnesium and potassium balance *I was on magnesium sulfate last time my potassium level was critical and I'm wondering if the reason my levels went up so well in the hospital is because of the magnesium sulfate. Does that make sense? At least it seems to make sense to me and I have to go in today my nurse said because last time it was so low and I'm going to ask the doctor about it.
Mitch & Katie's Mama
07/20/10
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  Lack of potassium in the diet is an uncommon cause of hypokalemia (low potassium). Conditions that cause hypokalemia are: kidney disorders that affects kidney function – the kidneys may excrete too much potassium, magnesium deficiency, high aldosterone levels can cause low potassium levels, certain drugs, severe vomiting, diarrhea, sweating during intense exercise, malaborption problems. Diseases that cause hypokalemia are Liddle’s syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome, Fanconi’s syndrome, and Bartter’s syndrome.

Calcium cannot absorb without vitamin D and vice versa. Calcium cannot be assimulated in the body without magnesium. If you have low magnesium you need to take calcium at a 2:1 ratio eg 1000mg of calcium to 500mg of magnesium and vitamin D 5000IU a day is recommended. The most accurate and reliable blood test available for magnesium and calcium is an "ionized" test.

Hypokalemia:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/potassium-000320.htm
http://www.chemocare.com/managing/hypokalemia-low-potassium.asp
ƦєdAиgєℓ
07/20/10
Is it ok to take Spironolactone and potassium supplements?
I don't food rich in potassium, so I start supplementing with 2 supplements per day which provide a total of 6% of my daily value. I also take spironolactone 25mg once a day..is this safe? I know that drug causes potassium to stay in the body. Since I started this new drug last week, I've been very sleepy.
Lifes a beach
07/10/11
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  Spironolactone often increases serum potassium levels and can cause hyperkalemia, a very serious condition. Therefore, it is recommended that people using this drug avoid potassium supplements and salt substitutes containing potassium. Doctors usually recommend periodic screening of serum potassium levels and some patients may be advised to limit dietary consumption of potassium.

Do not use spironolactone if you have kidney disease, urination problems, or high levels of potassium in your blood. Do not use salt substitutes or low-sodium milk products that contain potassium. These products could cause your potassium levels to get too high while you are taking spironolactone.

If you are taking potassium supplements or other potassium-sparing diuretics such as Aldactazide, amiloride (Midamor, Moduretic), or triamterene (Dyrenium, Dyazide, Maxzide).

Check with your doctor regarding your sleepy symptom if this continues. Are you taking this for high blood pressure? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is caused by low potassium. So, your doctor needs to evaluate your potassium levels as this could be causing your fatigue.

Hope this helps.
syl c.
07/11/11
I just swallowed some face wash?
about a pea of this face wash called lab series for men. I rinsed it out loads of times but my saliva is bubbly and there is a slight taste of it in my mouth.

many thanks

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henry 123
08/01/11
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  You'll be fine, I wouldn't worry about it. If you start having other pains or other symptoms I would contact someone then.

Hoped I helped!!
Ben Stanley
08/01/11
how much potassium and sodium chloride should a person have a day?
im bulimic and my doctor said i have low potassium and sodium chloride. i was wondering how many tablets of potassium and how much salt should i take daily?
(pls don't tell me that i should jus stop being bulimic, im trying 2 work on it)
una ragazza siciliana
12/17/06
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  According to Wikipedia, you need a total of 2,000 milligrams of potassium and 2,400 grams of sodium a day. Do the math, find out how much you need.
Heero K
12/17/06
Yellow watery discharge after drinking Potassium Citrate for UTI?
I recently came down with UTI and was given the Potassium Citrate/Iodide? and some antibiotics. I took my 1st dose of Potassium Citrate 2hours ago.. is it very normal for some yellowish watery discharge? I've never had this kind of discharge before..
Yas
06/23/09
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Anyone ever used the blood pressure drug Cozaar? Like it or not?
Currently taking another one with a diuretic but it is depleting my potassium and they want to change it. Have also added a potassium supplement, but it bothers my stomach sometimes. Thanks!
dms56blonde
11/14/09
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  I used Cozaar for a while, it is the same thing as Hyzaar except Hyzaar has a diuretic in it and Cozaar does not so you don't have to worry about losing potassium on Cozaar.Since you have stomach problems I would suggest Cozaar since it works good and does not deplete your potassium. It worked good keeping my BP down and I never had to worry about adding potassium to my diet.
Melmo
11/14/09
Klor-con M20 (potassium) I hate these big pills?
What is my best source of potassium from foods? I have gained 40+ lbs since heart surgery last year. Taking Lasix 2x a day; can't get the answer from my doctors; any suggestions?
me_ciaramaglia
09/28/06
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  banana is the richest source of natural food for potassium but it is hard to quantify the amount of K from one banana. you can ask the pharmacist if you can get liquid KCL. good luck
HK3738
09/28/06
What is the difference between potassium chloride and potassium gluconate?
sugestivewhisper
04/07/06
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  Potassium chloride occurs as either white, granular powder or as colorless, elongated, prismatic or cubical crystals. It is odorless and has a saline taste. One gram of potassium chloride contains 13.4 mEq of potassium. Potassium chloride may also be known as KCl.



Potassium gluconate occurs as white to yellowish white, crystalline powder or granules. It is odorless and has a slightly bitter taste and is freely soluble in water. One gram of potassium gluconate contains 4.3 mEq of potassium.
JaneofAllTrades
04/07/06
Where can I get Free or cheap "Potassium Iodide KI" pills?
Potassium Iodide KI pills are used to treat nucular radiation and protect the thyroid gland. Where can I find FREE Or CHEAP FDA Approved Potassium Iodide KI pills? Is there a non-prophet distrbation center? Anything?

Thanks,

Austin
yehowchanan7
03/28/07
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  You can wait for the next nuclear meltdown and the authorities will be handing them out for free - if you're still alive. Should you be unable to wait, they're easily available on the internet - just search.
squeezie_1999
03/28/07
hi there ? i have questions? Currently Ezetimibe with attorvastatin is used to control LDL in particular and l
Currently Ezetimibe with attorvastatin is used to control LDL in particular and lipids in general. In my case, My Lp(a)is 55 while lipid range is normal. Is it necessary to add Ezetimibe to statin for Lp(a) in the drug regimen ? 2. Diruitic like Indapamide 1.5 SR or HCTZ 12.5 is contraindicated in person having high uric acid levels without gouty manifestations and on allopurinol 300 ? 4. What are the pssible options for me who is on amlodipine 10 mg Losartan 100 and Atenolol-100. Doctor wants me to delete Amlodipine because of pedal edema- Mild incompetent sapheno femoral junction. If Amlodipine is deleted, what are other options ? Does combinations of Ramipril 10 + Losartan 100 + Atenolol 100 take care of amlodipine ? I am male 50 hypertensive with obesity 105 kg. Non diabetic non smoker non alcoholic stricy vegitarian. Please guide. 5. Is Nicotinic Acid or Fenofibrate helpful in increasing HDL.? I am a brisk walker but unable to increase my HDL. I shall be obliged to receive your gu
bmw2006
02/17/08
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  Omega 3 fish oil supplements
Almonds
Fish
OATMEAL for breakfast everyday

These are all things you can do to help lower your cholesterol levels. Of course, you need to cut fat out of your diet. It is a lifestyle change. Good luck.
Yvette C
02/17/08
my dad is DM II patient. His last HbAic is 6.4% but the micral test is 195 mg/dl.pls suggests on what to do..
he is currently on Losartan, mixed insulin and ezetimibe...what do we need to do to make it normal...pls pls help!
cello
03/24/08
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  Your dad HbA1C is 6.4 % , For a better diabetic control it should be less than 6 Micral test strips are used for urine test. Blood tests are more reliable.

Its better that you father checks his fasting and random blood glucose or goes for OGTT which will give the clear idea of his sugar levels diabetics cant only rely on the HbA1C tests only.

He should eat low carbo high fiber diet , low glycemic index diet, and exercise/ brisk walk. I f he is overweight , shedding some pounds will help a lot in controlling his blood glucose

Visit my profile for free website on diabetes
Mazher
03/24/08
Can you substitute kelp for potassium iodide?
None of my local stores have potassium iodide on the shelves today, but I did get some Icelandic Kelp in tablet form, 225 mg iodine (as kelp) in each tablet. Is this a good substitute for potassium iodide?
mgs4Real
03/13/11
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  but you would need 578 tablets to get 130mg iodine

One of the greatest dangers following a nuclear accident comes from exposure to gases containing radioactive isotopes of iodine. These highly carcinogenic isotopes are readily taken up by the thyroid gland, resulting in the development of thyroid cancer. Exposure to radioactive iodine calls for immediate treatment with another form of iodine, potassium iodide, to saturate the thyroid and block the absorption of radioactive iodine. .

Potassium Iodide (KI)
Potassium iodide tablets are commonly stockpiled near nuclear power plants to allow for rapid distribution in case of a radioactive accident. In the absence of tablets, potassium iodide may also be administered as a "saturated solution of potassium iodide" (SSKI) which in the U.S.P. generic formulation contains 1000 mg of KI per ml of solution. Two drops of U.S.P. SSKI solution is equivalent to one 130 mg KI tablet (100 mg iodide).

Recommended Doses
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the following doses of potassium iodide should be taken as a single dose within three hours of exposure, or up to 10 hours after exposure, although this is less effective.

• Adults : 130 mg 

• Adolescents: 12-18: WHO -- adult dose; CDC -- children's dose; if adult size (150 pounds or over) they should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
• Children age 3-12 years: 65 mg

• Infants : 1 mo. to 3 years, 32. 25 mg (ie half tablet)
• Newborns to 1 mo., 1/4 capsule.


Precautions
While potassium iodate can be taken by a majority of people without any problems, it should only be used in case of a nuclear emergency. Doses in excess of the single (one time only) daily dose listed above should be taken only upon recommendation by a physician or public health authority. Patients should notify their doctor if taking quinidine, captopril, or enalopril, or if they are sensitive to iodine, or suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, thyrotoxicosis or kidney problems before taking potassium iodate (or any thyroid blocker).

Prophylaxis
It is best to take iodide prophylactically, prior to exposure. Every family should have a good supply in their homes. At this time we may recommend taking 10-40mg per day. A dose of 30-50mg is the range of dietary intake in Japan and relatively safe to take long term but under practitioner monitoring. Build up gradually: 10mg-20mg-30mg-40mg.

Then, in case there is an official announcement of significantly increased radiation, adults should go to the dose mentioned above: 130mg/day and children to lower doses per body weight, generally 65 mg, age 3-12 years. You can use a loading dose of two drops daily of Lugol's Iodine, a commonly available pharmaceutical form of potassium iodide, or SSKI, and increase to 130 mg if needed. See the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

Other supplements that may be protective are: vitamin D and vitamin K as they support appropriate apoptosis, which is programmed death of cells that accumulate various DNA errors (due to radiation and other causes), and vitamin D also supports DNA repair.

Avoid exposure to rain that may be laden with radiation if we are exposed. You'll be informed by authorities if that is the case.

Other Radiation Dangers
Besides I-131, there are other toxic radio-isotopes, including cerium 137 and plutonium. To protect yourself from cesium poisoning, consume plenty of high potassium foods, as potassium competitively inhibits cesium uptake. Foods high in potassium include avocados, sea vegetables, & leafy green vegetables, and are more effective than taking a potassium supplement.

To protect yourself from plutonium poisoning, eat lots of dulse & consume iron from plant sources, namely sea algaes such as spirulina and chlorella, which provide more iron than red meat. Miso soup has also been shown to have a protective effect. The mineral, zeolite, is being investigated for taking most radioactive materials out of the body.

Additionally, foods and supplements high in antioxidants, will also help the body cope with these higher toxic levels as radioactive materials cause antioxidant depletion and ill health.

Summary
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has admitted it is 'quite possible' that fallout from the Japanese reactors could reach America, though levels expected to be so low as to be almost undetectable. Given the unprecedented circumstances of the current crisis, though, it would be prudent to keep some potassium iodide on hand as a precautionary measure.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hyla-cass-md/radiation-risks-and-prote_b_836363.html
Cindy in Texas
03/16/11
How much potassium is to much if you are taking triamterene?
my father is in the hospital and is throwing up and high blood pressure and we think it is because he is eating to much potassium while being on the triamterene medication
Julie
12/08/09
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  Potassium requirements vary. In most people, the kidneys are able to keep potassium levels in balance and will excrete any excess potassium to keep levels balanced. The exception to this is if someone has decreased kidney function or is on a medication that affects potassium. Triamterene is a Potassium sparing diuretic, which basically means it increases the reabsorpiton of potassium back into the body and therefore decreases the excretion of potassium into the urine. Potassium levels can increase in blood and should be monitored by simple blood tests at regular intervals. Triamterene is frequently used with other diuretics that decrease Potassium levels, like Hydrochlorothiazide, which each balance each other out. Triamterene does not cause high potassium in every patient who takes it.

Was your father taking Potassium supplements or was he just eating foods with high potassium? If he was given supplements, this suggests that his doctor noted that he had low potassium on blood tests and is giving extra potassium to get it in the normal range. There are usually few or no symptoms of high potassium levels in the body, but it can be tested for with a simple blood test. Symptoms include muscle weakness and increased urination. Nausea and vomiting are not typical symptoms of elevated potassium. High potassium levels are potentially life threatening, because it leads to deadly heart rhythms. I am sure they have checked his potassium levels by now. His doctors will be able to tell him the appropriate amount of Potassium intake based on his potassium levels in the lab tests. Vomiting can decrease the level of potassium. Good luck to you and your father.
Agnodice
12/11/09
What is the difference in these Potassiums?
What is the difference between Potassium Citrate and Potassium Gluconate? I am trying to find a supplement similar to what my husband was taking for preventing kidney stones.
Rhema's Child
06/22/09
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  Rhema C,
Potassium Citrate - C6H5K3O7 + H2O – is often the medicine of choice to make the urine more alkaline. This helps prevent the formation of certain kinds of kidney stones in this way - Potassium citrate attaches to calcium in the urine, preventing the formation of mineral crystals that can develop into kidney stones. In some cases, your health care professional may prescribe this medicine to balance the level of potassium in your body, for example, when the potassium level is low, etc. Potassium is a naturally occurring salt that is important for the normal functioning of the heart, muscles, and nerves. Potassium Gluconate - C6H5K3O7 – is often used to maintain acid-base balance, isotonicity, and electrophysiologic balance throughout body tissues. It is crucial to nerve impulse transmission and contraction of cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle. Potassium gluconate is also essential for normal renal function and carbohydrate metabolism. It is not known whether potassium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. This medication should not be taken without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.


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The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

I add a link with details of this subject

http://www.drugs.com/mtm/
potassium-citrate.html


Hope this helps
matador 89
matador 89
06/22/09
can potassium be used for radiation or just potassium iodide?
123456789
03/16/11
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  It's the iodide that's important. Your thyroid gland becomes saturated with it rather than radioactive iodine.
Nate
03/16/11
is it ok to mix creatine with amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium tablets?
im taking the potassium tablets because i have a infected lymphnode
Pirates
04/25/09
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  abstain from it while on rx meds.
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PLEASE NOTE: Nothing in this response should be considered as medical advice or opinion. Only your own doctor can help to make decisions about your condition and/or medical care.
U?U
04/25/09
Diclofenac potassium. What is the name you get it in the store?
Like Naproxen is Aleve what is diclofenac potassium called in the over the counter drug
beetle
02/28/09
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How much potassium chloride is appropriate?
My mom is in the ICU after a small brain aneurysm. She is doing alright but she is getting 200 ml/hr of 1.3% potassium chloride in .9% sodium chloride solution. Is this the proper dose for a 50 year old female weighing approx 92 Kg?
Thanks! The Dr. also confirmed this when I finally got to speak to him.
Radar
08/08/09
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  Yes, "... Usual dose - Infusion: 40 mEq/Litre of IV solution administered at a rate to deliver 40-200 mEq potassium/day ..." http://www.vhpharmsci.com/PDTM/Monographs/potassium_chloride.htm

It is in the normal range, but you left off one important piece of information and no medical individual will be able to answer your question unless you give the blood potassium level.

The medication is right on target ...
Travelingman
08/08/09
Is there any reason why you should not combine Losartan (for hypertension) and Furosemide?
Thank you for your opinions and advice in advance. Furosemide is the active ingredient of Lasix a diuretic.
Rosey G
09/14/10
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  Rosey G,
Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat hypertension. Furosemide is a diuretic used to treat hypertension, heart failure and oedema. Amongst other effects, Losartan increases the concentration of serum uric acid which is caused by furosemide-induced decrease in extracellular fluid and the excretion of uric acid in the urine. There are no known drug reactions between these two drugs, which does not mean that no reactions exist. Furosemide interacts with more than 300 other drugs. Losartan interacts with more than 200 other drugs.


ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.


The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

Hope this helps
matador 89
matador 89
09/14/10
Age 47 male, Atenolol 50 lossarten potassium 50 , now BP 80/130 pulse 58 any suggestion please.?
My age is 47 . I taking atenolol 50mg in the morning and lossarten potassium in the evening for 1 year. My present BP is 80/130 pulse 58 bpm. My doctor suggested me to take atenolol 25mg+cardizem sr 90mg in the morning and lossarten potassium 50mg in the evening. What you think about it or any suggestion please.
Rafiqul Alam
10/26/10
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Should a person with high blood pressure take sodium bicarbonate for potassium control? or Calcium carbonate?
I am watching my salt intake every day and now the doctor has prescribed a sodium based bicarbonate to offset high potassium. This does not make sense to me - can someone explain please?
The question concerns whether a person on a salt restricted diet with high blood pressure.should use sodium bicarbonate or find another bicarbonate source. I don't use any salt substitutes and am very careful to avoid foods with high potassium such as citrus and banana and so forth.
Chatty GIrl
02/05/09
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  You have high potassium from salt substitutes. Potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride.
Only 18% of the population shows any effects from sodium. 0% have ever lowered their BP by restricting sodium. I would say, an equal number, have been helped by artificially lowering BP

The point is, you should not be on a salt restricted diet. As long as you are not taking high dietary potassium or potassium sparing diuretics, you should never have to give potassium a second thought. Also, potassium test drawn at the doctors office and then sent out to a lab, will be inaccurate due to blood cell lysis from an old sample. This releases the potassium. At the hospital, the result will come back stating that the sample was lysised. Many times the result is high due to lysis but no warning. We treat the high potassium and the next thing we know, the patient is low.
Trust your body, you will live longer
Pharmacist who's life was almost ruined by Lipitor
aceofspd
02/07/09
Is this rash linked to potassium citrate?
I started taking Potassium Citrate 1080 Mg twice a day on July 5 at 7:00 pm. Around 10:00, I noticed 4 red marks on my skin. It doesn't itch, raise or hurt. I still have them plus a few more. I am not taking any other medications or changed my detergents or food. Could that medicine be linked with that medication?
kittychrome
07/28/11
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Can you take Diclofenac or Sulindac with Lisinopril?
My fiancee has kidney failure and is on dialysis. He's on several blood pressure medications, including Lisinopril. He has inflammation that he's been taking Advil for, but is concerned about the potassium. However, he feels he needs to take something stronger.

Can he take Sulindac (Clinoril) or Diclofenac (Voltaren) with Lisinopril?

Will this have the same potassium problem?

And if you can't take them together, why not?
Jess
01/30/08
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  Clinoril - NSAID

Renal Insufficiency
Sulindac pharmacokinetics have been investigated in patients with renal insufficiency. The disposition of sulindac was studied in end-stage renal disease patients requiring hemodialysis. Plasma concentrations of sulindac and it sulfone metabolite were comparable to those of normal healthy volunteers whereas concentrations of the active sulfide metabolite were significantly reduced. Plasma protein binding was reduced and the AUC of the unbound sulfide metabolite was about half that in healthy subjects.
Sulindac and its metabolites are not significantly removed from the blood in patients undergoing hemodialysis.
Since Clinoril is eliminated primarily by the kidneys, patients with significantly impaired renal function should be closely monitored.
A lower daily dosage should be anticipated to avoid excessive drug accumulation.

Long-term administration of NSAIDs has resulted in renal papillary necrosis and other renal injury. Renal toxicity has also been seen in patients in whom renal prostaglandins have a compensatory role in the maintenance of renal perfusion. In these patients, administration of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug may cause a dose-dependent reduction in prostaglandin formation and, secondarily, in renal blood flow, which may precipitate overt renal decompensation. Patients at greatest risk of this reaction are those with impaired renal function, heart failure, liver dysfunction, those taking diuretics and ACE inhibitors, patients who are volume-depleted and the elderly. Discontinuation of NSAID therapy is usually followed by recovery to the pretreatment state.


Advanced Renal Disease
No information is available from controlled clinical studies regarding the use of Clinoril in patients with advanced renal disease. Therefore, treatment with Clinoril is not recommended in these patients with advanced renal disease. If Clinoril therapy must be initiated, close monitoring of the patient's renal function is advisable.

Voltaren - NSAID

Caution should be used when initiating treatment with Voltaren in patients with considerable dehydration.

Long-term administration of NSAIDs has resulted in renal papillary necrosis and other renal injury. Renal toxicity has also been seen in patients in whom renal prostaglandins have a compensatory role in the maintenance of renal perfusion. In these patients, administration of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug may cause a dose-dependent reduction in prostaglandin formation and, secondarily, in renal blood flow, which may precipitate overt renal decompensation. Patients at greatest risk of this reaction are those with impaired renal function, heart failure, liver dysfunction, those taking diuretics and ACE inhibitors, and the elderly. Discontinuation of NSAID therapy is usually followed by recovery to the pretreatment state.

Any patient that is currently on dialysis should discuss any medications that are considering to incorporate in their daily regime with their doctor.
k
01/30/08
Do any of the ingredients in this contain gluten?
Water, milk protein concentrate, sunflower oil, soy protein isolate, coffee, natural and artificial flavors, cellulose gel, magnesium phosphate, calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, sodium hexametaphosphate, cellulose gum, sucralose, carrageenan, vitamin mineral mix (zinc gluconate, ferric orthophosphate, d-alpha-tocophero; acetate, niacinamide, manganese gluconate, maltodextrine, d-calcium pntothenate, beta carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, chromium chloride, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite, vitamin K-1 and cyanocobalamin), salt, acesulfame potassium, sodium ascorbate.
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06/17/11
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  the natural and artificial flavors and the maltodextrin are both questionable. whatever the item is i would look it up on google and see if anyone on celiac.com or something has posted about it. just type in _______________ gluten free and usually something will come up for it. until you know for sure i would stay away from it because its iffy.
hope this helps!
God bless XD
livie
06/17/11
Can you explain reaction of toothpaste & acidic carbonated beverages?
Whenever I brush my teeth with toothpaste (flouride, sodium bicarbonate, etc) and then drink a carbonated beverage (citric acid, potassium citrate, aspartame, potassium benzoate), a milky white solid forms in my mouth, which I immediately spit out of course. What is the milky white compound?
Max s
05/27/09
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  THats calcifications forming
LX
05/29/09
A222 Diclofenac Potassium (Does this have Tylenol?)?
A222 Diclofenac Potassium (Does this have Tylenol?)

my friend is sick. and she is allergic to Tylenol. so i was wondering if it's ok to give her this medicine.

and she has low blood pressure and is a bit dehydrated.

or is tylenol just a type of medicine?

she has sore throat. it hurts when she swallows, speaks, breaths(sometimes)
Ash
01/20/10
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amoxicillin&clavulanate potassium with robitussin?
can you take amoxicillin&clavulanate potassium together with Robitussin cough & chest congestion?
SAMMY
01/03/09
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  As far as I kow antibiotics and over the counter medicine does mix, but if you are taking the antibiotics you will not need the Robitussin after 24 hours of taking the meds, as they will be doing their job. Follow the instructions on the bottle to the letter.
Bookgirl
01/03/09
Can these things affect the penis (creatine, etc.)?
Magnesium, Magnesium Creatine Chelate, Dicreatine Malate, Betaine Anhydrous, L-Taurine, L-Tyrosine, Malic Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Silicon Dioxide, Sucralose, Glycerol Monostearate, L-Taurine, Sodium Chloride, and Potassium Gluconate.

Can any of these which can be found in the supplements GlycerGrow and Green Magnitude affect the penis?
da bears fan
03/17/08
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  I'm not sure anyone, including scientists would be able to answer this accurately. There has not been any scientific research done on this.

But, you should be fine. Other than steriods shrinking testicles, i've never heard of any supplements that do that.
a
03/17/08
Is Penicillin V Potassium good to treat urinary tract infections?
Yesterday I had my wisdom teeth removed and was prescribed a pain killer, penicillin V Potassium, and another pills. But the night before the surgery I developed a urinary tract infection. I had one just 2 months ago and took amoxicillin but took half the bottle because the pills were too big. Will the penicillin I am taking for my tooth get rid of my uti? The uti pain is horribly bad, worse than my first one. Thank you for your answers!! :)
Kate
01/08/10
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  Yes, its a gram positive & Negative Antibiotic. UTI's are Gram Positive. As long as you take it LONG enough it should also help that too. You may notice elevated body temps.. a little fever..but just watch yourself. Azo helps too.. it coats the UT so the bacteria cant hold onto it...kinda like putting super slick stuff on a slide.. It also makes your Pee Orange but thats ok. You can also get the Azo that has cranberry extract which helps your UT heal. The Bacteria cause alot of inflamation down there. Take some Anti-inflamitories.. Aleve, Ibuprofen and that will help but its not for the pain.. You said you had a pain killer too.. probably 10/325 Hydro codone and or Perco-Cet...those will help with the pain. It would be better if you had Amoxcillin, its more specific along with Pen G. But.. since this is all you have.. it may work. If its not better in 2 days.. GO TO THE DOCTOR.

Edit to Add - TAKE ALL YOUR MEDS, NOT HALF! Otherwise it WILL come back. Even if you feel FINE!

Hope you feel better
TheSwabbie
01/08/10
Can potassium lactate trigger a milk allergy?
Theres this good salmon jerky that I get from Washington whenever im in the state and I was recently diagnosed with a milk allergy. I was reading the ingredients to the jerky and saw that it had potassium lactate. Google searches indicate that it may or may not be able to trigger a milk allergy. Can someone elaborate if im able to eat this anymore or not? Thanks.
Sam
11/22/08
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  Hi Sam. Lactate is Lactic Acid. This chemical is NOT the same as Lactose (milk sugar). Lactic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body (e.g. lactic acid build-up after heavy exercise is the cause of muscle soreness).

So, I do not see any relationship between potassium lactate and milk allergies.
Doctor J
11/23/08
Potassium sulfate in sensodyne extra whitening toothpaste !
brushed my teeth for the first time with this toothpaste (usually use colgate), and the second the toothpaste hit my gums, felt like acid on my skin... the worst burning , stinging sensation ever... can't eat or drink for 2 days now... i can feel the blood pumping through my gums..... it's like throbbing feeling. What is going on? I have teeth cleaning at the dentist tomorrow? What will the dentist do? My gums are irritated and red now... HELP please,,. what is going on? Thanks in advance !
sorry... i meant potassium NITRATE !
green_rose
08/07/08
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  maybe you're allergic to sulfa?
Jane Doe
08/07/08
I am currently experiencing sever leg cramps, is aldactone (spironolactone) causing this?
I currently am taking aldactone (spironolactone) I was wondering if anyone knew of this causing muscle cramps. Due to this medication being potassium sparing; i wasnt sure if maybe i am having muscle cramps (mostly in legs) due to this medication or an overdose of potassium due to my dosage of 200mg a day. Thanks for your help.....
In deep thought?
01/28/08
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  I could be. The cramps in the legs could be caused by blood clots. I would have a doctor use a dopler on your leg to see if there is a normal flow of blood getting through your legs. The dopler does not require any surgery.
Ya Buddy!!!
01/28/08
How to identify hyzaar and generic lorsartan HCTZ 100/12.5?
Do brand Hyzaar 100/12.5 and generic Losartan HCTZ 100/12.5 look the same?
ann
08/19/10
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