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Potaba

Generic Name: potassium aminobenzoate (po TAS ee um a MEE noe BEN zoe ate)
Brand Name: Potaba

What is Potaba?

Potaba is a form of Vitamin B, which supports many important body functions.

Potaba works by softening the skin or tissues and raising oxygen levels in tissues of the body.

Potaba is used to treat conditions that cause skin or tissues to harden, including scleroderma (skler-oh-DERM-a), dermatomyositis (der-mat-oh-mye-oh-SYE-tis), and Peyronie's (pe-ROE-neez) disease.

Potaba may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Potaba if you are allergic to it.

To make sure Potaba is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

It is not known whether Potaba will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

It is not known whether Potaba passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Potaba?

Potaba is usually taken 4 times each day. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medicine after eating a meal or snack. This will help prevent upset stomach, and will keep your blood sugar from getting too low.

If a child is using this medicine, tell your doctor if the child has any changes in weight. Potaba doses are based on weight in children, and any changes may affect your child's dose.

Use Potaba regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

An overdose of Potaba may cause you to have low blood sugar. Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia include extreme weakness, confusion, tremors, sweating, fast heart rate, trouble speaking, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, fainting, and seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking Potaba?

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Potaba. Alcohol can lower your blood sugar.

Potaba side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe nausea or loss of appetite that causes you not to eat normally; or

  • low blood sugar--headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, confusion, irritability, dizziness, fast heart rate, or feeling jittery.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Potaba?

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Potaba, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with potassium aminobenzoate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Potaba.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: January 03, 2018
Last reviewed: November 17, 2014

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