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Old 08-23-2012
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Default albuterol in treating hyperkalemia

Hi all:

Why albuterol would be a good choice in treating hyperkalemia if if patients do not have hyperglycemia and why it is a good choice for pediatric patients?

albuterol is Beta2 agonist and b2 agonist can increase insulin release, so this drug should be good for patient who has hyperkalemia and hyperglycemia, right?
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i see what you are saying...only thing is what happens if you give albuterol a quick acting drug in a pt with hyperglycemia and its fast onset of action would allow for a rapid infusion of glucose in cells leading to hypoglycemia? maybe that's why they tend to use it in hyperkalemics withOUT hyperglycemia since it could lead to dizziness, mental fogginess, idea on why they use it in children though..
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