Side Effects

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Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Stop taking this medicine and check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

  1. Confusion
  2. irregular or slow heartbeat
  3. numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or lips
  4. shortness of breath or difficult breathing
  5. unexplained anxiety
  6. unusual tiredness or weakness
  7. weakness or heaviness of legs

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Rare

  1. Abdominal or stomach pain, cramping, or soreness (continuing)
  2. chest or throat pain, especially when swallowing
  3. stools with signs of blood (red or black color)

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  1. Diarrhea
  2. nausea
  3. stomach pain, discomfort, or gas (mild)
  4. vomiting

Sometimes you may see what appears to be a whole tablet in the stool after taking certain extended-release potassium chloride tablets. This is to be expected. Your body has absorbed the potassium from the tablet and the shell is then expelled.

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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