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Potassium Gluconate


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      • It is used to stop or treat low potassium levels.
      • Potassium keeps good organ function.


      How to take

      • Take this drug with food.
      • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

      Missed Dose

      • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
      • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
      • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.


      • Store at room temperature.
      • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.



      • If you have an allergy to potassium gluconate or any other part of this drug.
      • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
      • If you have any of these health problems: Addison's disease, high potassium levels, bowel block, very bad kidney disease, slow moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract, or slow stomach clearing.


      • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
      • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
      • Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
      • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
      • If water pill is stopped, potassium will most often be stopped too. Talk with the doctor.
      • Avoid salt substitutes that have potassium, potassium-sparing diuretics, or potassium products.
      • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

      Side Effects

      • Belly pain.
      • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
      • Loose stools (diarrhea).

      Contact a healthcare provider

      • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
      • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
      • A fast heartbeat.
      • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
      • Weakness, numbness, or tingling.
      • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
      • Very loose stools (diarrhea).
      • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
      • Any bruising or bleeding.
      • Any rash.
      • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

      General Statements

      • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
      • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
      • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
      • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
      • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
      • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
      • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
      • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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      The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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