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Quick-K


Generic Name: Potassium Bicarbonate Tablets (poe-TAS-ee-um bi-CAR-bon-ate)
Brand Name: Quick-K

Quick-K is used for:

Preventing or treating low blood potassium levels when the amount of potassium in the diet is inadequate. It may also be used to treat low potassium levels caused by some diseases, severe or prolonged episodes of vomiting or diarrhea, certain medicines (eg, corticosteroids, diuretics), surgery, or other conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Quick-K is an electrolyte. It works by providing potassium when you have low levels of potassium in your blood.

Do NOT use Quick-K if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Quick-K
  • you have elevated blood potassium, elevated blood acid, severe kidney problems, dehydration, heat cramps, an extensive tissue injury (eg, severe burns), or untreated adrenal gland failure (Addison disease)
  • you have a blockage of the esophagus, stomach, or intestines
  • you are taking an aldosterone blocker (eg, eplerenone) or a potassium sparing diuretic (eg, spironolactone, triamterene)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Quick-K :

Some medical conditions may interact with Quick-K . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney problems, muscle weakness or paralysis, potassium excretion problems, diabetes, heart problems (eg, irregular heartbeat, mitral valve replacement), esophagus problems, high blood pressure, diarrhea, adrenal gland problems, or scleroderma
  • if you are confined to a bed or chair

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Quick-K . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aldosterone blockers (eg, eplerenone), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, lisinopril), or potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, spironolactone, triamterene) because high blood potassium levels may occur and cause listlessness, confusion, abnormal skin sensations of the arms and legs, heaviness of limbs, slowed or irregular heartbeat, or stopping of the heart
  • Digoxin because the risk of its side effects may be increased by Quick-K

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Quick-K may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Quick-K :

Use Quick-K as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Quick-K with food or after a meal to prevent stomach upset.
  • Take Quick-K with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Quick-K .
  • Swallow Quick-K whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • If you miss a dose of Quick-K , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Quick-K .

Important safety information:

  • Do not use a salt substitute or a potassium supplement without checking with your doctor.
  • LAB TESTS, including blood potassium and electrocardiogram (ECG), may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Quick-K is not recommended for use in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Quick-K during pregnancy. Quick-K is excreted into breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are taking Quick-K .

Possible side effects of Quick-K :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; gas; nausea; stomach discomfort; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; chest pain; irregular heartbeat; listlessness; numbness or tingling in your skin, lips, hands, or feet; severe nausea or vomiting; stomach pain; unusual confusion or anxiety; unusual muscle weakness or paralysis; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; weak or heavy legs.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include abnormal skin sensations of the arms and legs; bloody stools; confusion; heaviness of limbs; listlessness; slow or irregular heartbeat; slowed breathing rate; stopping of the heart.

Proper storage of Quick-K :

Store Quick-K at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Quick-K out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Quick-K , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Quick-K is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Quick-K . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.




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