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I don't see why I need this drug. It has no positive effects that I am aware of.

Comment from: 65-71on Treatment for 5-10 years Published: September 30

Three times to ER for tacycardia due to low potassium. On 10-20meq extended release (microencapsulated) CAPSULES, health was ok for five years. Dose increase and change to large wax matrix TABLETS caused ongoing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, colon spasms when paired with medication to stop diarrhea (slowed bowel motility). At 60meq/day CAPSULES(in 20meq doses) w/diarrhea, tachycardia ensued. ER upped dose to 80meq/day. Potassium causes diarrhea at high doses and diarrhea prevents you from absorbing it. Solid forms are worst for causing bowel lesions. Capsules can be opened and mixed with food to reduce bowel irritation. Best is a form is powder (not encapsulated) to mix with water and drink. Diarrhea subsided at 60meq/day only when I limited intake at one time to 10meq with food and a full glass of water. Two weeks on 80meq (20meq at a time) with diarrhea only raised blood potassium from 3.6 to 4.1. This is a crucial problem as mine has to stay over 4 to prevent tachycardia. But overdose is asymptomatic and can cause death. Be sure you are monitoring your blood levels when taking this at high doses (over 20meq/day). I had blood tests two days apart that showed 1.5 increase (no diarrhea involved).

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Comment from: Docswidow55-64on Treatment for less than 1 month Published: April 06

I opened a sealed bottle from my Pharmacy and noticed several pills that look different from the Gabapentin that was on the label. The RX list said that they were potassium chloride and not Gabapentin. It was a sealed bottle.

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Comment from: 55-64on Treatment for 1-6 months Published: February 26

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