Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• An excessive level of potassium can be very harmful. While using K-Dur, discuss dietary potassium intake with your physician or pharmacist in order to avoid potential toxicity. Also avoid salt substitute products.1
• Potassium chloride may contribute to a deficiency in vitamin B12.2
• Some herbs possess cardioactive properties that may interfere with the action of K-Dur. These herbs include: black hellebore, calamus, cereus, cola, coltsfoot, devil's claw, European mistletoe, fenugreek, fumitory, digitalis leaf, hedge mustard, figwort, lily of the valley roots, motherwort, pleurisy root, squill bulb leaf scales, white horehound, mate, scotch broom flower, shepherd's purse, and wild carrot3
References1 Graedon J, Graedon T: The People’s Guide to Deadly Drug Interactions, 1995, p. 298.
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Palva IP, Salokannel, SJ, Timonen T, et al: Drug induced malabsorption of vitamin B12 - IV - malabsorption and deficiency of B12 during treatment with slow-release potassium chloride, Acta Med Scand, 1972, 191(4):355-7.
2 Salokannel SJ, Palva IP, Takkunen JT, et al: Malabsorption of vitamin B12 during treatment with slow-release potassium chloride - preliminary report, Acta Med Scand, 1970, 187(5):431-4.
3 Brinker, Francis: Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998.
3 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
3 The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
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