K-Phos M.F.

1 What is K-Phos M.F.?

Brand: K-Phos M.F., K-Phos Neutral, K-Phos No. 2, PHOS-NaK, Phospha 250 Neutral

Generic: Potassium and Sodium Phosphate

K-Phos M.F. is used to make the urine more acid to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Doctors prescribe K-Phos M.F. for reducing the risk of development of calcium stones in patients with idiopathic hypercalcuria. 

Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate contains a significant amount of the mineral phosphorus. Phosphorus helps reduce calcium levels in the urine that form calcium stones. 

Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate can also raise levels of phosphorus in the body. Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate can be purchased without a prescription.

For treatment of a disease, Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate must be used only according to doctor’s instructions.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using K-Phos M.F., you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

Your doctor will inform you of what you need to know before using K-Phos M.F. Tell your doctor if you experienced allergies to Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate. You cannot take K-Phos M.F. if you are allergic to it.

K-Phos M.F. is highly contraindicated in individuals with hyperphosphatemia, or too high levels of phosphates in the blood. Tell the doctor all your medical conditions before receiving Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate.

The doctor need to know if you have the following health problems:

  • History or presently having kidney stones
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver diseases such as cirrhosis
  • Hyperkalema or too much potassium levels in the bloodstream
  • Hypercalcemia, or too high levels of calcium
  • Hypernatrema, or too high sodium levels
  • Heart disease 
  • Hypertension
  • History or presently having preeclampsia or eclampsia
  • Addison’s disease
  • Breathing problems
  • Problems with the pancreas
  • Thyroid disease
  • Swelling in the hands or feet
  • If you are dehydrated
  • If you are taking water pills or diuretics

Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate is an FDA pregnancy category C drug, which means it may not be completely safe in unborn babies when given to pregnant patients. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, tell it to your doctor before receiving Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate. 

Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate is not safe for children younger than 4 years old. Do not give Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate to children without doctor’s advice. 

3 Proper Usage

To use K-Phos M.F. properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. K-Phos M.F. is available in powder form that you mix with water and it tablets. Both forms are taken by mouth. 

Follow the dosage indicated on the label of Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate. If you are taking Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate as a prescription, follow doctor’s instructions. Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate is usually taken 4 times a day. 

Tablet forms of Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate can be swallowed whole or dissolved in water. Take Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate tablets with a full glass of water. For preparing Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate powder, simply open one packet and mix the powder with 1/3 cup (2.5 ounces) water and dissolve completely by stirring. Swallow the liquid. 

It is best to take Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate with meals and at bedtime. 

If you have kidney stones, taking Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate may cause you to pass out old stones in the urine. Watch your urine stream for the presence of stones (you can strain your urine if possible to catch the stones) and report them to the doctor.

If you missed a dose of Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate, take it as soon as you remember. 

Taking too much Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate can result in an overdose, which can cause symptoms such as numbness or tingling sensation, muscle stiffness, limp feeling, loss of movement, heavy feeling in the legs, irregular heart rate, or fainting. If you took too much Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate, call your doctor. 

Store Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate at room temperature, and keep it away from heat, moisture, and light.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using K-Phos M.F., there are some precautions you must take. It is important to have regular lab tests while receiving K-Phos M.F. to monitor your blood electrolytes and determine early signs of adverse effects. Stick to clinic and lab appointments. 

Antacids can make harder for the body to absorb Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate. Call your doctor for help when you must take antacids while receiving Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate. 

When receiving Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate, do not take vitamin D supplements without doctor’s advice.

Note that Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate contains a significant amount of potassium. Taking substances like salt substitutes with Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate can raise potassium levels dangerously. 

Avoid taking sources of potassium while receiving Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate, unless instructed by your doctor.

5 Potential Side Effects

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

Call your doctor if you experienced the following side effects while taking K-Phos M.F.:

  • Severe allergic reaction such as hives, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue or throat
  • Kidney problem symptoms such as passing little or no urine, difficulties in urination, swelling of the feet or ankles, tiredness and shortness of breath
  • Severe and ongoing diarrhea
  • Having seizures
  • Shortness of breath

K-Phos M.F. may cause minor side effects such as:

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