USES: This medication is used to prevent or treat low potassium blood levels caused by "water pills" (diuretics) or poor diet.
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This medication is used to prevent or treat low potassium blood levels caused by "water pills" (diuretics) or poor diet.
- Salt substitutes contain potassium.
- Talk to your doctor about using a salt substitute.
- Foods high in potassium include: bananas, citrus fruits, watermelon, cantaloupe, raisins, dates, prunes, avocados, apricots, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach, potatoes, yams, lentils, fish, chicken, turkey, ham, beef, and milk.
- Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
- Don't freeze liquid forms.
- To prevent stomach upset, take each dose with food or immediately after a meal.
- Sustained-release capsules and tablets must be swallowed whole.
- Do not crush or chew them as side effects may be increased.
- Take each dose with a full glass of water.
- The liquid and powder forms must be diluted in a glass of cold water or juice before taking.
- Drink slowly.
- May cause diarrhea, stomach upset, nausea or vomiting the first few days as your body adjusts to the medicine.
- Inform your doctor if you develop breathing difficulties, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, confusion; tingling of the hands or feet; or muscle weakness.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Be sure your doctor knows your complete medical history especially if you have had kidney problems, heart disease, problems with digestion or if you have any allergies.
- This medication should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
- Potassium supplements are not known to appear in breast milk.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered, if you should remember within 2 hours.
- If you do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and resume your usual schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription) especially if you take other water pills, ACE inhibitors (Capoten-like drugs for blood pressure) or digoxin (Lanoxin for heart problems) as your dose may need to be adjusted or you may need to be monitored more closely.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.