1 What is K-Phos?

Generic: Potassium Phosphate

K-Phos is a phosphate supplement used for the treatment or prevention of hypophosphatemia.

It is also used as an additive in the preparation of fluid formula injections.

This drug is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking K-Phos, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

Data on the correlation of age to the effects of potassium phosphate injection in the pediatric population are still unavailable while safety and efficacy have not been established.

Data on the correlation of age to the effects of potassium phosphate in geriatric patients are still unavailable. Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate.

Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drugs. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as adrenal problems, heart disease, heart rhythm problems, kidney disease, hyperkalemia, hyperphosphatemia, or hypocalcemia.

3 Proper Usage

To use K-Phos properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

A trained healthcare professional will be the only one to give you this drug in a hospital.

This drug is administered intravenously through a needle placed into a vein.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using K-Phos, there are some precautions you must take.

Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug.

Unwanted effects can be screened using blood tests. This drug contains aluminum which can cause harm, especially to premature babies.

Check with your healthcare professional before you take any other prescription or nonprescription drugs, and herbal or vitamin supplements.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with K-Phos.

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • burning
  • crawling
  • itching
  • numbness
  • prickling
  • "pins and needles" or tingling feelings
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fast, slow or irregular heartbeat
  • muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs or face
  • no muscle tone or movement
  • numbness and tingling in the mouth, fingertips or feet
  • pounding or rapid pulse
  • shortness of breath
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weakness and heaviness of the legs

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear.

Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.

Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.