potassium chloride extended-release tablet - oral, K-Dur, Klor-Con M (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have a certain medical condition. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a high level of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (such as atrioventricular block), certain muscle problem (familial periodic paralysis), kidney problems (such as chronic renal failure, inability to make urine), heat cramps, a severe loss of body water (dehydration), severe tissue damage (such as burns, injury), stomach/intestinal ulcer, metabolic problems (such as metabolic acidosis, diabetic acidosis), a certain adrenal gland problem (Addison's disease).Due to rare reports of stomach/intestinal ulcers and bleeding with sustained-release potassium chloride products, you should not use the tablets unless you cannot take liquid or effervescent forms of potassium. If you have blockage/narrowing/slowed movement of the esophagus/stomach/intestines (such as diabetic gastroparesis, esophageal compression due to an enlarged heart), you are at greater risk for these side effects, and therefore you should use liquid or effervescent forms or follow the directions in the How to Use section for mixing the medication in water.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This drug passes into breast milk. There have been no reports of potassium harming a nursing infant in mothers with a normal potassium level. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before taking potassium supplements, check with your doctor if you are taking other medications/products that may also increase the potassium level in your blood. Too much potassium in the blood may cause serious side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully, and continue using other medications for your condition as directed. Keep all medical/laboratory appointments so your doctor can monitor your potassium levels. Consult with your doctor if you are taking any of the following: ACE inhibitors (such as captopril and enalapril), ARBs (such as losartan, valsartan), drospirenone, eplerenone, potassium-sparing "water pills"/diuretics (such as amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene), other products that contain potassium (such as salt substitutes).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: digoxin.Also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you take medications that may slow the movement of potassium tablets in your digestive system, possibly increasing the risk of side effects. These drugs include: anticholinergic drugs (such as atropine, scopolamine), certain antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine), antispasmodic drugs (such as dicyclomine, hyoscyamine), certain anti-Parkinson's drugs (such as benztropine, trihexyphenidyl), belladonna alkaloids, bladder control drugs (such as oxybutynin, tolterodine).This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

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