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USES: Potassium supplements are used to prevent or treat low potassium blood levels caused by diuretics (water pills), illnesses or poor diet. Also used for certain cases of high blood pressure.
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Potassium supplements are used to prevent or treat low potassium blood levels caused by diuretics (water pills), illnesses or poor diet. Also used for certain cases of high blood pressure.
- Salt substitutes contain potassium instead of sodium.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about using a salt substitute.
- Good sources of potassium-containing foods include bananas, citrus fruits, watermelon, cantaloupe, raisins, dates, prunes, avocados, apricots, beans, lentils, fish, chicken, turkey, ham, beef and milk.
- Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light as directed.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
- Take this by mouth as directed.
- You may swallow the tablets whole or, if you have trouble swallowing tablets, dissolve them in a glass of cool water.
- It may take a few minutes to dissolve.
- After the tablet has dissolved, stir for a minute, swirl the glass and drink.
- Rinse the glass with more water and drink it to assure all the medication is taken.
- Take this medication with meals to prevent stomach upset.
- Do not take on an empty stomach.
- Nausea, stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhea may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to this.
- If these symptoms continue or become severe, inform your doctor.
- Notify your doctor if you experience breathing trouble, chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, dark or tarry stools, confusion or tingling of the hands or feet while taking this.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before taking this, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, heart disease, history of ulcers or if you have any allergies.
- Symptoms of low potassium include fatigue, weakness, muscle twitching or cramps, dry mouth and excessive thirst.
- This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk.
- Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of any nonprescription or prescription medication you may take particularly diuretics (water pills), blood pressure medication (especially ACE inhibitors) or digoxin.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.