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What are the risks of taking potassium?

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Risks of taking potassium supplements include:

  • Side effects.  In high doses, potassium can be dangerous. Do not take potassium supplements without talking to you doctor. At normal doses, potassium is fairly safe. It may cause an upset stomach. Some people have allergies to potassium supplements.
  • Warnings.  People with kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, Addison's disease, stomach ulcers, or other health problems should never take potassium supplements without talking to a doctor first.
  • Overdose.  Signs of a potassium overdose include muscle weakness or paralysis, irregular heartbeat, confusion, tingling sensation in the limbs, low blood pressure, and coma. Get emergency medical help immediately.
  • Other possible side effects are : muscle weakness or paralysis, cardiac conduction abnormalities, and cardiac arrhythmias, including sinus bradycardia, sinus arrest, slow idioventricular rhythms, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and asystole.

From: Potassium WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Institute of Health Medline Plus: "Potassium." United States Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Electrolytes and Water." FDA, CFSAN: "FDA-approved potassium health claim notification for potassium containing foods."



The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Potassium."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 08, 2019

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Institute of Health Medline Plus: "Potassium." United States Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Electrolytes and Water." FDA, CFSAN: "FDA-approved potassium health claim notification for potassium containing foods."



The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Potassium."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 08, 2019

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