What is Potassium?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Potassium orotate Sundown Naturals Multi-Source Potassium

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See also: Mineral Supplements

Multivitamin-mineral supplements in the U.S. do not contain more than 99 mg of potassium per serving. Higher doses of supplemental potassium are generally prescribed to prevent and treat potassium depletion and hypokalemia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 56 20
Low potassium (hypokalemia) 54 20
Cramps in calf muscles 51 31
Increase effect of another treatment 24 1
Muscle cramps 13 3
Stiffness/spasticity 13 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 75

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Potassium

Side effect Patients
Acid reflux 2
Cramps in legs 1
Heartburn 1
Pain 1
Pain in veins during infusion 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Potassium

Dosage Patients
99 mg daily 9
1 mg daily 2
1 other daily 2
250 mg daily 2
500 mg daily 2
595 mg daily 2
99mg as needed 2
1 g daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Potassium

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 17
Course of treatment ended 12
Did not seem to work 11
Doctor's advice 8
Personal research 7
Expense 4
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 52 patients who've stopped taking Potassium

Duration

Currently taking Potassium

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Potassium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 47
Usually 16
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 64
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 38
Not specified 39
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9 patient evaluations for Potassium

Dec 30, 2016 (Started Jul 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for low potassium (hypokalemia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cramps in calf muscles)
  • Side effects
    Severe (pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 99 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I ended up with too much Potassium in my system which caused severe joint pain, mostly in my ankles. When I stopped the Potassium, the pain stopped.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 21, 2016 (Started Jul 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for low potassium (hypokalemia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cramps in calf muscles)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 99 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I seem to have developed a problem with low potassium in my blood as I have aged and with all of the meds I take. In hospital, we were encouraged to take Potassium supplements when our blood counts dropped, so with my doctor's approval, I continued a lower dose supplement once discharged.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 10, 2013 (Started Nov 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Haven't had muscle spasms since I started taking it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2012 (Started Jul 13, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 99 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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