K+Care ET, K-Effervescent, K-Vescent, |K+Care ET
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Generic Name: potassium bicarbonate (poe tass EE um)
What is potassium bicarbonate?
Potassium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods and is necessary for many normal functions of your body, especially the beating of your heart.
Potassium bicarbonate is used to prevent or to treat a potassium deficiency.
Potassium bicarbonate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about potassium bicarbonate?Take each dose with a full glass of water. Take potassium bicarbonate with food or milk to lessen stomach upset. Do not take salt substitutes or drink low-salt milk while taking potassium bicarbonate unless your doctor approves. Salt substitutes and low-salt milk usually contain potassium. You may get too much potassium and suffer from side effects if you use these products.
Who should not take potassium bicarbonate?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you
You may not be able to take potassium bicarbonate, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.Potassium bicarbonate is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether potassium bicarbonate will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also not known whether potassium passes into breast milk. As long as potassium levels in your body are within the normal range, this medication is not expected to harm a nursing infant. Talk to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take potassium bicarbonate?
Take potassium bicarbonate exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water. Take potassium bicarbonate with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.
Mix the effervescent tablets with at least 4 ounces (one-half cup) of water. Mix it thoroughly and drink it immediately.Store potassium bicarbonate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember up to 2 hours late. If more than 2 hours have passed since the dose you missed, skip that dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose?Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a potassium bicarbonate overdose include paralysis; numbness or tingling in the hands, arms, legs, or feet; an irregular heartbeat; low blood pressure (dizziness, confusion, weakness, fatigue); seizures; coma; and heart attack.
What should I avoid while taking potassium bicarbonate?
Do not take salt substitutes or drink low-salt milk while taking potassium bicarbonate unless your doctor approves. Salt substitutes and low-salt milk usually contain potassium. You may get too much potassium and suffer from side effects if you use these products.Do not stop taking this medication unless your doctor approves. Stopping could make your condition much worse.
Potassium bicarbonate side effectsIf you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking potassium bicarbonate and seek emergency medical attention:
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take potassium bicarbonate and talk to your doctor if you experience
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect potassium bicarbonate?
The following drugs may increase the effects of potassium bicarbonate:
Do not take any of the medicines listed above with potassium bicarbonate except under the supervision of your doctor.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with potassium bicarbonate or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information?
What does my medicine look like?
Potassium bicarbonate is available with a prescription under the brand name K+Care ET as effervescent tablets. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
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