Controlled Release Tabs
Chemical Name: POTASSIUM (poe-TASS-ee-um)
This medicine is a potassium supplement used to treat or prevent low potassium levels in the blood.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking digoxin, potassium-sparing diuretics, or medicine for heart conditions or high blood pressure (ACE inhibitors). Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. SOME BRANDS OF POTASSIUM must be swallowed whole. OTHER BRANDS may be broken, crushed, or dissolved in water. IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING THE TABLET WHOLE, ask your pharmacist to suggest other ways to take your brand of potassium. TAKE THIS MEDICINE WITH A FULL GLASS (8 oz./240 ml) OF WATER. TAKE THIS MEDICINE with food or right after a meal. DO NOT LIE DOWN for 30 minutes after taking this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it if you remember within 2 hours. If it is more than 2 hours since your missed dose, skip it and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
DO NOT USE A SALT SUBSTITUTE without checking with your doctor. For some products, you may notice tablets in your stool. This is the empty shell that is left after your body has absorbed the medicine.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, or diarrhea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience black, tarry stools; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; stomach pain; irregular heartbeat; weak or heavy legs; or numbness or tingling in your hands or feet. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include irregular heartbeat, blood in stools, and muscle weakness.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.