Back on the Ventolin inhaler.

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Apparently it can be used for copd, always thought it was just for asthma,

so I started using it again yesterday and so far, so good, ie. no side effects -

we'll see how it goes.  After doing a bit of research regarding Albuterol aka

Ventolin I discovered that it can deplete your calcium, magnesium and

potassium levels.  Can't seem to find out anywhere how much potassium

one needs on a daily basis.  Does anyone out there take potassium

supplements?  If so, how much?  Thanks.

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    I was told there was no point in using it unless one had asthma related COPD, which I don't have. 

    It'd be better to eat more fresh vegies than take potassium supplements:  I don't feel like googling right this minute, for I do know bananas are high in potassium and I think one a day is enough.

    Calcium is a problem if you've had a heart attack as I have:  I've been told not to take calcium supplements ever again and also to cut down on dairy, which I have.  The final straw was the cardiologist telling me I had to stop eating yoghurt!   I researched it and t was some very small study so I took no notice and am still eating my plain yoghurt most days, as I've been doing since long before it was widely available.


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      Thanks Jude.  Going to have to try and get in to see the gp and maybe

      get onto a different inhaler.  My copd is related to chronic bronchitis

      growing up.  I did google about supplements, just couldn't seem to find

      anything regarding how much potassium to take.  Your'e right Jude,

      better to get nutrients from the foods we eat.  Thanks again.

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