Risks taking potassium supplements with Diovan

Q: I have recently been prescribed Diovan for my high blood pressure. I read on the internet that one should not take a Potassium supplement with this drug. I have been taking a Potassium supplement after breakfast because I suffer cramps in my feet. Can I continue doing this or is there a reason I shouldn’t?

A: Supplementation with potassium is usually not recommended when taking Diovan because actions of this drug may cause an increase in blood levels of potassium. Too much potassium can make the heart stop beating. You should talk to your doctor about your foot

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