GENERIC NAME: POTASSIUM SUPPLEMENT EFFERVESCENT TABLET- ORAL (poh-TASS-ee-um)
USES: This medication is a mineral supplement used to prevent or treat low amounts of potassium in the blood. A normal level of potassium in the blood is important so that your cells, nerves, heart, muscles, and kidneys work properly. Most people would get enough potassium by eating a well-balanced diet. However, certain situations cause your body to lose potassium faster than you can replace it from your diet. These situations include treatment with certain "water pills" (diuretics), a poor diet, or certain medical conditions (such as severe diarrhea, especially with vomiting).
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth usually 1 to 4 times daily as directed by your doctor.Dissolve the prescribed number of tablets in at least 4 ounces (120 milliliters) of cold water or juice per tablet. Make sure the tablets are fully dissolved, then sip the mixture slowly over 5 to 10 minutes.To prevent stomach upset, take each dose with a meal. You must mix your prescribed dose of potassium in a full glass (4-8 ounces or 120-240 milliliters) of cold water or juice just before taking unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not take this medication on an empty stomach. If you still have stomach upset, mixing your dose in a larger amount of liquid or dividing your dose so that you can take smaller doses (2 to 4 times a day) may help. Consult your pharmacist for help with properly dividing your dose. Do not take more than 25 milliequivalents in a single dose.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor may order blood tests (potassium levels) to find the right dose for you.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. Too much potassium in the blood can cause serious side effects.Tell your doctor if symptoms of low potassium blood levels (such as muscle weakness, tiredness, irregular heartbeat) persist or worsen.
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