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What is it?

Potassium is a mineral used for potassium deficiency. It also may be used for high blood pressure, heart disorders and kidney stones.

Other names for Potassium include: Potassium chloride, Potassium acetate, Potassium bicarbonate, Potassium citrate, and Potassium gluconate.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you


Talk with your caregiver about how much Potassium you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Potassium. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take potassium without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:


Side Effects:

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.


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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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