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Too much or too little potassium in the body can cause serious problems
               



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What is this medicine?

POTASSIUM (poe TASS i um) is a natural salt that is important for the heart, muscles, and nerves. Too much or too little potassium in the body can cause serious problems. Potassium is found in many foods and is normally supplied by a balanced diet. This medicine is a potassium supplement that is used to prevent and to treat low potassium.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • dehydration
  • diabetes
  • irregular heartbeat
  • kidney disease
  • stomach ulcers or other stomach problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to potassium, tartrazine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Add one tablet to a glass with 3 to 4 ounces of cold water. Allow the medicine to dissolve completely. Sip the mixture slowly over 5 to 10 minutes. Do not open the foil pouch until you are ready to take that dose. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • eplerenone
  • sodium polystyrene sulfonate

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • heart medicines
  • medicines for cold or allergies
  • medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • medicines for the stomach like metoclopramide, dicyclomine, glycopyrrolate
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • other potassium supplements
  • salt substitutes
  • some diuretics

               
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