How does it work?
What is it used for?
- Preventing and correcting a low level of potassium in the blood (hypokalaemia).
How do I take it?
- Sando-K tablets can be taken with or after food.
- The tablets should be dissolved in a small glass of water before taking.
- The number of tablets that you need to take each day will depend on your blood level of potassium; this will be assessed by a blood test. It is important to follow the instructions given by your doctor and the directions printed on the dispensing label.
- You will need to have regular blood tests to check your potassium level and levels of other salts while you are taking this medicine. Your doctor may also want you to have a regular ECG to check your heart rhythm.
- You should avoid using dietary salt substitutes such as Lo-Salt or Ruthmol while you are taking potassium supplements, particularly if you have kidney failure. These products contain potassium instead of sodium and could cause the level of potassium in your blood to rise too high.
Use with caution in
- Elderly people.
- People with decreased kidney function.
- People with heart disease.
- People with increased acid levels in the blood (metabolic acidosis).
Not to be used in
- People with high levels of potassium in their blood (hyperkalaemia).
- Uncontrolled Addison's disease.
- Severe dehydration.
- Severely decreased kidney function with decreased urine production (oliguria).
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- This medicine is not known to be harmful if used to correct low blood potassium levels during pregnancy, provided the mother's potassium level does not rise too high. However, as with all medicines it should be used with caution during pregnancy, and only if the expected benefit to the mother is greater than any possible risk to the developing baby. If it is used during pregnancy the mother's potassium level should be regularly checked. Seek further medical advice from your doctor.
- Breast milk is naturally low in potassium. This medicine is not known to be harmful if used during breastfeeding, provided the mother's potassium level does not rise too high. As with all medicines it should be used with caution by breastfeeding mothers, and only if the expected benefit to the mother is greater than any possible risk to the baby. Ask your doctor for further advice.
- Dissolve or mix this medication with water before taking.
- Take this medication with or after food.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Abdominal pain.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
- ACE inhibitors, eg enalapril, captopril
- angiotensin II receptor antagonists, eg losartan, valsartan
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), eg indometacin, diclofenac, ibuprofen
- potassium-containing dietary salt substitutes such as Lo-Salt
- potassium salts, eg potassium citrate for cystitis
- potassium-sparing diuretics eg amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene
Other medicines containing the same active ingredients
information obtained: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diet-and-nutrition/medicines/sando-k.html