Glen L Xiong, MD Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine; Medical Director, Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center
Glen L Xiong, MD is a member of the following medical societies: AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine , American College of Physicians , American Psychiatric Association , Central California Psychiatric Society
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Taking potassium improves weakness in some patients. In some families, taking oral potassium reduces heart rhythm problems but makes muscle weakness worse. In addition to the medications used for the periodic paralyses, (. acetazolamide, aldactone, dyrenium, etc) beta-blockers (esp. Atenolol) have been used successfully in some patients. Patients who have had a cardiac arrest or who continue to have faints in spite of medication are sometimes given an implantable defibrillator or pacemaker, but this is rarely required. Patients must avoid hypokalemia and drugs that cause lengthening of the QT interval.