Some potassium supplements doctors prescribe for patients with certain medical conditions are sold under the brand name drugs Glu-K, Effer-K, KCare ET, K-Tab, K-Lite and K-Lite Cl. Inappropriate intake of these supplements may result in health problems, states Mayo Clinic.
Potassium is a vital dietary component that promotes optimal functioning of various bodily systems. Potassium deficiency may lead to loss of strength, abnormal cardiac activity, mood swings, queasiness and retching.
Normally, adequate potassium levels are derived from food alone, notes MedlinePlus. However, some individuals may lose an inordinate amount of this mineral due to illnesses and disorders, such as gastrointestinal and renal diseases. Physicians generally advise the use of supplements to replace lost potassium and prevent potassium insufficiency. Other prescribed potassium supplements include Potassimin, Urocit-K 10, Tri-K, Klotrix, Quik-K, Micro-K and Twin-K.