Solid Oral Potassium Capsules/Anticholinergics Interactions

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

Anticholinergic medicines slow down your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Your potassium may remain in your stomach and/or intestine too long.

What might happen:

If your potassium medicine stays in your stomach and/or intestine too long, it may cause an ulcer.

What you should do about this interaction:

Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know right away that you are taking these medicines together. Your doctor may change your potassium medicine while you are taking an anticholinergic medicine.To decrease your risk for stomach problems, take your potassium after meals with a large glass of water or other liquid. Let your doctor know right away if you have any severe vomiting, stomach pain, abdominal bloating, vomit that looks like coffee grounds or contains blood, and/or black or bloody stools.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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