What is this medicine?
POTASSIUM (poe TASS i um) is a natural salt that is important for the heart, muscles, and nerves. Too much or too little potassium in the body can cause serious problems. 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:
- 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
How should I use this medicine?
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.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
What may interact with this medicine?
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
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
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
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children,
never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.