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Effervescent potassium

Generic Name: potassium bicarbonate (poe tass EE um)
Brand Name: Effervescent Potassium, K-Effervescent, K-vescent
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Drug Information:
Potassium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods and is necessary for many normal functions of your body, especially the beating of your heart. Effervescent Potassium is used to prevent or to treat a Potassium deficiency (hypokalemia). Effervescent Potassium may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Avoid taking Potassium supplements or using other products that contain Potassium without first asking your doctor. Salt substitutes or low-salt dietary products often contain Potassium. If you take certain products together you may accidentally get too much Potassium. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains Potassium. Learn more

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Effervescent potassium Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about potassium bicarbonate. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Effervescent Potassium.

Applies to potassium bicarbonate: oral capsule

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of a high potassium level like a heartbeat that does not feel normal; change in thinking clearly and with logic; feeling weak, lightheaded, or dizzy; feel like passing out; numbness or tingling; or shortness of breath.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Swelling of belly.
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Very bad belly pain.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Diarrhea.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

More about Effervescent Potassium (potassium bicarbonate)

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  • Drug class: minerals and electrolytes

Consumer resources

  • Effervescent Potassium

Other brands: K-Effervescent, K-vescent, Quick-K

Professional resources

Related treatment guides

  • Hypokalemia
  • Prevention of Hypokalemia

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Effervescent Potassium (www.drugs.com/mtm/effervescent-potassium.html).

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