Potassium gluconate is a mineral medication used to treat low amounts of potassium in your blood. It is very important to have a normal level of potassium as it helps your kidneys, cells, muscles, heart, and nerves to work properly. Potassium can be received via a well-balanced diet. Such conditions as hormone problems (hyperaldosteronism), prolonged diarrhea, vomiting, or treatment with diuretics can lower the level of potassium in your body.
Potassium gluconate can be purchased as an over-the-counter product. You are advised to attentively read all the directions on the package before starting to take this medication. If you've got any questions, talk to your pharmacist. Take this medication as prescribed and directed. Not to have stomach upset, take it with a meal drinking a full glass of water. Do not lie down for about 10 minutes after taking potassium gluconate. Tell your doctor if you have any medical problems or unusual symptoms (muscle weakness or cramps, irregular heartbeat).
Potassium gluconate is used to make your body cells and all the organs function correctly. However, you may experience some side effects including upset stomach, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or gas. If these effects worsen, inform your doctor immediately. If your doctor has presctibed you this medication, keep in your mind that the specialist has weighed all the benefits and possible risks. Most of people who use this medication do not face any severe side effects at all.
Inform your doctor that you have side effects for instance: painful or difficult swallowing, feeling a capsule stuck in your throat. Ask for an immediate medical help if you have extremely serious side effects, such as: abdominal or stomach pain, vomit in the form of coffee grounds, black stools.
Serious allergic reactions are very rare. In case of any symptoms such as itching, rash, swelling, trouble breathing, severe dizziness ask for medical aid. These are not all possible side effects of potassium gluconate. If any other effect not listed above occurs contact your pharmacist.