WHAT DOES POTASSIUM DO IN YOUR BODY?

Potassium is necessary to keep your muscles, nerves, and heart working well. It's also important for digestive and bone health.

WHAT IS A NORMAL POTASSIUM LEVEL?

Your blood potassium level should be 3.5 to 5.0 millimoles per liter (mmol/L).

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TYPES OF HYPERKALEMIA

  • You may not have any symptoms, or you may have mild and non-specific symptoms such as nausea, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness
  • Your potassium level is increased (>5.0 to <5.5 mmol/L)
  • You may have mild symptoms such as weakness or fatigue
  • Your potassium level is increased (5.5-6.0 mmol/L)
  • You may have severe symptoms such as muscle pain, loss of muscle function, and rapid, strong, or irregular heartbeat
  • Your potassium level is very high (>6.0 mmol/L)
  • Having a blood potassium level higher than 6.0 mmol/L can be dangerous and may require immediate treatment

WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF HIGH POTASSIUM OR HYPERKALEMIA?

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  • Muscle fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Tingling or unusual sensations
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  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Paralysis
  • Nausea or vomiting

Don’t delay. Call 911 or go to the emergency room. Sudden or severe high potassium can be a life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical care.

LOKELMA is indicated for the treatment of hyperkalemia in adults.
LOKELMA should not be used as an emergency treatment for life-threatening hyperkalemia because of its delayed onset of action.

WHAT CAUSES HIGH POTASSIUM OR HYPERKALEMIA?

There are several reasons why you may have hyperkalemia. For some people, it may be caused by another health condition such as:

  • Kidney problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure

Hyperkalemia can also be caused by some medications.

SHOULD I BE ON A LOW-POTASSIUM DIET?

Talk to your doctor to see if you need to modify your diet. Patients in the LOKELMA studies did not have to be on a low-potassium diet. As a general guide, here are some foods you may want to limit or avoid.

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  • Apple IconSome fruits such as apples, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and cranberries
  • Asparagus IconSome vegetables such as asparagus, eggplant, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, and peppers
  • Bread IconRice, noodles, pasta, bread, and bread products (not whole grains)
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  • Banana IconCertain fruits such as bananas, oranges, mangoes, avocado, and dried fruit
  • Beets IconSome vegetables such as beets, sweet potatoes, beans (black, pinto, baked), potatoes, and tomatoes
  • Dairy ProductsMilk and yogurt, chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, seeds, and granola
  • Salt substitutes

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What is the most important thing I should know about LOKELMA?

LOKELMA can cause swelling (edema) caused by fluid retention in your body (such as hands, ankles, feet).

  • LOKELMA contains 400 mg of sodium in each 5 g dose. Watch for signs of swelling in your body especially if you limit sodium in your diet or are likely to have fluid retention in your body due to heart or kidney problems. Your doctor may tell you to reduce the sodium in your diet.
  • If you are not on dialysis, your doctor may also tell you to increase the dose of your diuretic.

If you are a hemodialysis patient:

  • Do not take LOKELMA on dialysis days.
  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel sick such as decreased oral intake of food or fluids or diarrhea, as you may be at risk of developing low levels of potassium in your blood while on LOKELMA; therefore, your dose of LOKELMA may need to be adjusted.

What should I tell my doctor before taking LOKELMA?

Before taking LOKELMA, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including

  • problems having a bowel movement, including severe constipation, a blockage (obstruction) in your bowel, or dry hard stool that will not pass out of your rectum (impaction).
  • problems with your bowels after surgery.

What are the most common side effects with LOKELMA?

The most common side effect of LOKELMA is swelling in your body caused by fluid retention. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. LOKELMA may affect how some oral medicines work. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need to take LOKELMA 2 hours before or after other oral medicines.

APPROVED USE

LOKELMA is a prescription medication for the treatment of high levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia) in adults.

Please see the full Prescribing Information for LOKELMA.

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