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Potassium is the medicine used for the proper maintenance of the heart, muscles, kidneys, digestive system and nerves. Although our daily diet provides us sufficient amount of potassium, however, there are certain diseases such as kidney and gastrointestinal disease and some drugs like the diuretics, which remove potassium from the body. This may result in potassium deficiency which can be balanced by taking in potassium supplements.
How to use Potassium drugs?
Potassium comes in various forms such as granules, oral solution, powder, regular tablets, effervescent tablets, extended-release capsules as well as extended-release tablets. Potassium medicine is usually taken two to four times a day during the meal. Take the dose as per the prescription. Swallow the extended release tablets or capsules as whole without crushing them. Oral solutions, powder or effervescent tablets should be mixed well in cold water and then you can drink the mixture.
Things to keep in mind while using this medicine:
Potassium should be avoided in case you are allergic to potassium or any other drugs. It is very important that you inform your doctor about the medicines you are currently taking especially if those medicines are Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors such as enalapril, captopril and lisinopril. Administration of potassium should be avoided in case you are taking medicines like spironolactone, amiloride or triamterene. Make sure that your doctor is aware of the diseases you are suffering at present such as Addison’s disease, kidney disease, heart disease, etc.
What are the possible side effects associated with this medicine?
Potassium drugs exhibit various types of side effects which may include the following: –
• Stomach upset
• Mental confusion
• Cold, pale, clammy skin
• Stomach ache
• Black stools
• Tingling, burning, prickling, tight or pulling sensation of hands, arms and feet
• Severe weakness in the leg region
• Unusual swelling up of the stomach
In case you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above then call the doctor as soon as possible.