potassium supplement effervescent tablet- oral (cont.)
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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain/discomfort, and diarrhea may occur. See How to Use section for ways to reduce stomach upset. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.This drug may rarely cause serious stomach or intestinal problems (such as bleeding). Seek immediate medical attention if any of these very unlikely but serious side effects occur: black/bloody stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, fainting, severe stomach/abdominal pain.This medication may cause high potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: muscle cramps/weakness, severe dizziness, confusion, tingling hands/feet, slow/irregular heartbeat, unusually cold skin.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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