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Edited by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu
The following can cause hypoventilation: 

(The following mnemonic guide helps to remember what to
 avoid to prevent hypoventilation, a cause of hypokalemia )
 Hy:  Hypnotic trance,  including religious types of 
          meditation, visualization, long distance running trance,  
          certain types of qigong  
 P:  OrganoPhosphate (some fertilizers and pesticides)
 O: Opiate. Over exertion in exercise (oxygen supply can not

 keep up with demand).

 V: Venomous snake

 E: Ethanol ( ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol)

 N:  Nicotine

 T:  TCA (Tricyclic antidepressant)
Warning: for people with neuromuscular disease, oxygen may 
                  not be the solution. 
Back to hypokalemic periodic paralysis



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