Potassium Gluconate Tablets
What is this medication?
POTASSIUM GLUCONATE (poe TASS i um GLOO koe nate) prevents and treats low levels of potassium in your body. Potassium plays an important role in maintaining the health of your kidneys, heart, muscles, and nervous system.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Glu-K
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- Addison's disease
- Difficulty swallowing
- Heart disease
- High levels of potassium in the blood
- Irregular heartbeat
- Kidney disease
- Recent severe burn
- Stomach ulcers or other stomach problems
- An unusual or allergic reaction to potassium, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medication at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your care team's advice.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
Do not take this medication with any of the following:
- Certain diuretics such as spironolactone, triamterene
- Sodium polystyrene sulfonate
This medication may also interact with the following:
- Certain medications for blood pressure or heart disease like lisinopril, losartan, quinapril, valsartan
- Medications that lower your chance of fighting infection such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus
- NSAIDs, medications for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
- Other potassium supplements
- Salt substitutes
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your care team for regular check-ups. You will need lab work done regularly.
You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medication. Ask your care team.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- High potassium level—muscle weakness, fast or irregular heartbeat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
- Stomach pain
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep bottle closed tightly to protect this medication from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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