Symptomatic hypokalemia associated with use of Llantén (“Plantago major”)

Germán Málaga, Percy Herrera-Añazco

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Abstract

Introduction: The use of medicinal plants is associated with the belief of the absence of adverse effects.

Objective: To report a possible association between the use of Plantago major and hypokalemia Case presentation: Thirty-eight-year-old female patient with numbness and weakness in her limbs due to hypokalemia (2.94 meq/l) associated with the use of Llantén (Plantago major), a medicinal plant of widespread use and global distribution. Potassium was normalized and symptoms subsided after discontinuation of Llantén. Conclusion: Possible adverse effects of the use of commonly used medicinal plants must always be considered.

Translated title of the contributionSymptomatic hypokalemia associated with use of Llantén (“Plantago major”)
Original languageSpanish
Article number:e3355
JournalRevista Habanera de Ciencias Medicas
Volume19
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

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