What should I know about Micro-K (potassium chloride) before taking it?

Talk to your doctor before taking Micro-K (potassium chloride) if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. If you have kidney problems or a high blood potassium level, discuss your conditions with your doctor before taking Micro-K. If you have an intestinal blockage or narrowing of the esophagus, an enlarged heart or paralysis or limited function of the stomach, esophagus or intestines, or any other heart or esophagus problems, you may not be able to take this drug.

If you have potassium excretion problems, diabetes, diarrhea, extensive tissue injury, high blood acid levels, heat cramps, muscle paralysis or weakness, scleroderma or dehydration, or if you cannot leave a chair or a bed, talk to your doctor before taking Micro-K. It carries a small risk of intestinal and stomach ulcers and bleeding, which becomes higher in those with reduced gastric function due to paralysis, narrowing, blockage or slowing of a part of the gastrointestinal tract. You may not be able to use salt substitutes while on this drug. The brand name Micro-K is no longer available in the United States.

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