potassium bicarbonate (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking potassium bicarbonate (Effervescent Potassium, K-Effervescent, K-vescent)?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use potassium bicarbonate, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether potassium bicarbonate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take potassium bicarbonate (Effervescent Potassium, K-Effervescent, K-vescent)?
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Take potassium bicarbonate with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.
Drop the effervescent tablets into a glass of water (at least 4 ounces, or one-half cup). Allow the tablets to dissolve completely and then drink this mixture right away. Do not save it for later use.
Do not stop taking this medication without first talking to your doctor. If you stop taking potassium bicarbonate suddenly, your condition may become worse.
Store potassium bicarbonate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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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