Highlights for potassium
potassium Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- low blood pressure
- numbness or tingling in hands or feet
- unusually weak or tired
- weakness, heaviness of legs
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach upset
potassium May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- 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
How to Use potassium
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- adrenal disease
- heart disease
- high levels of potassium in the blood
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to potassium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This does not apply.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Last Updated: March 4, 2009