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Generic: potassium chloride
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It is found in many foods and is normally supplied by a well balanced diet
               



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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. It is found in many foods and is normally supplied by a well balanced diet. This medicine is used 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 salts, 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 a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food. Do not suck on, crush, or chew this medicine. If you have difficulty swallowing, ask the pharmacist how to take. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician 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:

  • medicines for blood pressure or heart disease like lisinopril, losartan, quinapril, valsartan
  • medicines for cold or allergies
  • medicines for inflammation like ibuprofen, indomethacin
  • medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • medicines for the stomach like metoclopramide, dicyclomine, glycopyrrolate
  • some diuretics

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. You will need lab work done regularly.

You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Ask your doctor.

               
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