Are there any risks in taking phosphorus?

Taking phosphorus involves some risks, as it might cause serious side effects, such as lightheadedness, seizures, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing and urinating, loss of strength, cramps and numbness or swelling the hands, legs or feet. Also, certain medical conditions and medications might interact poorly with phosphorus. Taking too much phosphorus can worsen conditions like rickets, softened bones, burns and liver and heart disease, with fatal consequences. Phosphorus supplements may contain high levels of sodium or potassium, which is potentially dangerous for someone with a restrictive diet. Check with a doctor to determine if phosphorus is a healthy choice for you.

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