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Are there any risks in taking potassium supplement?

There can be some risks associated with potassium supplementation. Because too much potassium can cause health problems, you should only take potassium supplements under the direction of your doctor, who may monitor your potassium levels with tests during follow-up office visits. Be sure your doctor is aware of your entire medical history, because it can be dangerous to take potassium if you have conditions such as Addison's disease, hyperkalemia, heart, stomach or kidney disorders. Avoid low-sodium food products. These items can contain extra potassium and cause you to take in too much of the mineral. Exercise can make you dehydrated and increase the amount of potassium in the blood, so talk with your doctor before starting a fitness program or increasing your activity. Because potassium can interact with other drugs and medications, be sure you doctor and pharmacist are aware of everything you take, including over-the-counter items.

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