Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Potassium Bicarbonate

A compound, KHCO3, in the form of a white powder or colorless crystals, used in baking powder and as an antacid medicine. 

Potassium is a mineral that is found in many foods and is needed for several functions of your body, especially the beating of your heart.

Potassium bicarbonate and potassium citrate is used to prevent or to treat low blood levels of potassium (hypokalemia). Potassium levels can be low as a result of a disease or from taking certain medicines, or after a prolonged illness with diarrhea or vomiting.

Possible side effects: Confusion, anxiety, feeling like you might pass out, uneven heartbeat, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling, numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet or around your mouth, severe stomach pain, black bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, nausea, upset stomach.

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