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Potassium Bicarbonate Effervescent Oral Tablet (POTASSIUM EFFERVESCENT TABLET- ORAL)

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • low potassium levels
  • potassium replacement

Brand Name(s): Effer-K, Klor-Con/EF

Generic Name: Potassium Bicarbonate

Instructions

Dissolve each tablet completely in one half cup (120 mL) of cold water or fruit juice. Drink the medicine slowly, over 5 to 10 minutes.

Take the medicine with a meal.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

Talk to your doctor before eating foods with large amounts of potassium. Potassium is often found in salt substitutes. Your doctor may want you to reduce the amount of these foods.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all your medicines. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines.

It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • diarrhea
  • excess gas
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • nausea and vomiting
  • red, burning, or itchy skin
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • dark, tarry stool

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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