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What should I know about potassium supplement before taking it?

Whether you are using prescription or over-the-counter potassium supplements, there are important considerations to be aware of before beginning your treatment. The type and amount of potassium you take should be decided by your doctor. If he or she recommends that you use an over-the-counter potassium supplement, be sure to read all of the information on the packaging and clarify with your health care provider which form of potassium you need before taking it. If you have any questions about it, ask your doctor or pharmacist. If your doctor suggests prescription oral or injection forms or potassium, be sure you completely understand the information that he or she provides to you. Because potassium can interact with other drugs, be sure to provide your doctor with a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, and about other medical conditions.

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