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).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 during pregnancy. 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.
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