Potaba powder

Generic Name: aminobenzoate potassium (ah-mee-noe-BEN-zoe-ate poe-TASS-ee-um)
Brand Name: Potaba

Potaba powder is used for:

Treating certain skin conditions and muscle/skin conditions (dermatomyositis). It may also be used for certain problems with the penis (Peyronie disease) or other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Potaba powder is an antifibrotic in the vitamin B family. It works by increasing the oxygen supply in tissues, which helps prevent the formation of fibrous tissue.

Do NOT use Potaba powder if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Potaba powder
  • you are taking a sulfonamide medicine (eg, sulfamethoxazole)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Potaba powder:

Some medical conditions may interact with Potaba powder. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have diabetes, low blood sugar, or kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Potaba powder. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Sulfonamides (eg, sulfamethoxazole) because effectiveness may be decreased by Potaba powder

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Potaba powder may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Potaba powder:

Use Potaba powder as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Potaba powder with meals or snacks.
  • Potaba powder comes with an additional patient leaflet. Read it carefully and reread it each time you get Potaba powder refilled.
  • Dissolve the prescribed amount of medicine in a glass of chilled water or juice. Stir to dissolve and drink after eating.
  • If you miss a dose of Potaba powder, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Potaba powder.

Important safety information:

  • Potaba powder may cause loss of appetite or nausea. If you do not eat properly because of these side effects, you may develop low blood sugar (eg, increased heartbeat, increased hunger, weakness, chills, sweating). Contact your doctor if you experience loss of appetite or nausea.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Potaba powder, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Potaba powder during pregnancy. It is unknown if Potaba powder is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Potaba powder, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Potaba powder:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fever; loss of appetite; nausea.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fever, chills, or sore throat; inflammation of the skin; severe or persistent nausea; vomiting; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

Proper storage of Potaba powder:

Store Potaba powder at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Potaba powder out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Potaba powder, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Potaba powder is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Potaba powder or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Potaba powder. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Potaba powder. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Potaba powder.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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