Edema is the medical term for swelling. It is a general response of the body to injury or inflammation. Edema can be isolated to a small area or affect the entire body. Medications, infections, pregnancy, and many medical problems can cause edema.
Edema results whenever small blood vessels become "leaky" and release fluid into nearby tissues. The extra fluid accumulates, causing the tissue to swell.
How Do I Take Potassium and Magnesium Supplements?
Take potassium and magnesium supplements right after meals or with food. Follow the label directions on how often to take it. The number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and how long you need to take it will depend on the type of medication prescribed, as well as your condition.
What Are the Side Effects of Potassium and Magnesium Supplements?
Possible side effects of potassium and magnesium supplements include:
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort.; take the medication with food or right after meals with a full glass of water. If these side effects continue, contact your doctor. If you take controlled-release tablets or capsules and experience severe vomiting or vomit blood and abdominal pain or swelling, stop taking the medication and contact your doctor right away.
Black, tarry, or bloody stools (signs of stomach bleeding); contact your doctor right away.
Confusion; irregular or slow heartbeat; numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or lips; shortness of breath or difficult breathing; unexplained anxiety; unusual tiredness, or weakness. Contact your doctor right away.
Should I Avoid Certain Foods or Drugs While Taking Potassium and Magnesium?
If you are taking magnesium or potassium supplements, let your doctor know if:
You are using a salt substitute; many salt substitutes contain potassium.