K-Dur tablets are a supplement taken to prevent or treat a potassium deficiency in the blood. Potassium is a mineral that helps your cells, heart, muscles, and nerves work properly. This medication is for those who don’t get enough potassium in their diets or have conditions that cause them to lose too much such as prolonged vomiting. Frequent blood tests will tell your doctor if this medication is working/right for you.
Always use K-Dur as directed by one’s physician. Take each dose orally with a meal and a full glass (8oz) of water. It’s advised to not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication. Swallow the tablet whole as chewing it can release the drug all at once. If you have trouble swallowing the tablets there are options such as breaking the tablet in half and taking one half with a glass of water and then the other half with another glass of water. One can also dissolve the tablet into half a glass (4oz) of water stir and drink it as soon as 30 seconds after mixing.
Prior to using the medication, consult with your doctor if you:
- Have any allergies
- Have a medical history of heart or kidney problems; or high potassium levels in the blood
- Have throat/stomach/intestinal problems such as ulcers
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding
If your condition doesn’t improve or worsens, let your physician know immediately. Also, let your doctor know before you use other potassium supplements in case of serious side effects due to too much potassium.
Side effects include but are not limited to:
- Upset stomach, nausea, gas, or diarrhea
Stop taking K-Dur tablets and get immediate medical help if you experience any of these rarer symptoms:
- Feeling as though the tablet is stuck in your throat
- Difficulty or painful swallowing
- A very serious allergic reaction
If any of these effects persist or worsen immediately tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Q: Is this supplement safe to take during pregnancy?
A: It is unsure if K-Dur tablets will be harmful to an unborn baby. Consult your doctor if you are or plan to become pregnant.
Q: Do I have to take K-Dur with food?
A: Yes, it is advised that you take it with or just after a meal and with a full glass (8 oz.) of water.
Q: Are there more natural ways to increase one’s potassium levels?
A: There are many foods that are rich in potassium such as squash, baked potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, bananas, etc. It still may not be enough for you individually and it is best to always consult your doctor before making any drastic diet changes.