Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Potaba
Generic Name: potassium aminobenzoate (Pronunciation: po TAS ee um a MEE noe BEN zoe ate)
What is potassium aminobenzoate (Potaba)?
Potassium aminobenzoate is a form of Vitamin B, which supports many important body functions.
Potassium aminobenzoate works by causing a softening of skin or tissues when used over time. It also raises oxygen levels in tissues of the body.
Potassium aminobenzoate is used to treat conditions that cause skin or tissues to harden, including scleroderma (skler-oh-DERM-a), dermatomyositis (der-mat-oh-mye-oh-SYE-tis), and Peyronie's (pe-ROE-neez) disease.
Potassium aminobenzoate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of potassium aminobenzoate (Potaba)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Take care not to let your blood sugar get too low while you are taking this medicine. You may have hypoglycemia if you take potassium aminobenzoate without food.
Symptoms of low blood sugar include:
Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about potassium aminobenzoate (Potaba)?
Tell your doctor if you are taking a sulfa antibiotic, such as Bactrim, Cotrim, Septra, and others.
Take this medicine with a meal or snack. This will help prevent upset stomach, and will keep your blood sugar from getting too low. Tell your doctor if you are on a special diet, or if you need to schedule any other medications around your eating schedule.
Potassium aminobenzoate is usually taken 4 times each day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking potassium aminobenzoate. Alcohol can lower your blood sugar.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of potassium aminobenzoate is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms, but you may have low blood sugar. Symptoms of low blood sugar include hunger, headache, confusion, irritability, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, tremors, sweating, and fast heartbeat. If blood sugar gets too low, you may have seizure (convulsions), fainting, or coma (severe hypoglycemia can be fatal).
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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