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Potassium - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Potassium cause?

​Some side effects include stomach discomfort, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting

  • You may reduce the stomach discomfort by taking medication with or after food
  • Inform your healthcare professional if there is no improvement or if these side effects worsens

The symptoms of high potassium levels in your blood include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle weakness

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Potassium , what precautions must I follow?

​Before starting on this medication, inform your healthcare professional if you:

  • Are allergic to this medication, or any of the other ingredients in this medication
  • Feel very thirsty with a dry mouth (you could be dehydrated)
  • Have ever been diagnosed with metabolic acidosis, a condition where there is increased level of acid in the blood
  • Are taking any of the following:
    • Certain medications that lower blood pressure such as Lisinopril, Enalapril, Captopril, Perindopril, Ramipril, Losartan, Valsartan, Telmisartan, Candesartan or Irbesartan
    • Certain medications that remove excess water from your body such as Spironolactone, Eplerenone, Triamterene or Amiloride

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Potassium ?

​Do not use salt substitutes or consume low-sodium food products unless your doctor has advised you to do so, as these products may contain potassium. Check the labels carefully on all low-sodium food products before consuming.

Potassium - Additional Information

  • Updated on 12/31/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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