POTABA 3G POWDER SACHETS
Active substance(s): AMINOBENZOATE POTASSIUM
Potaba 3 g Powder Sachets
(referred to as ‘Potaba Powder’ in the rest of this leaflet)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Potaba Powder is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Potaba Powder
3. How to take Potaba Powder
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Potaba Powder
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT POTABA POWDER IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The active ingredient in Potaba Powder is potassium para-aminobenzoate. It is used in the
treatment of Peyronie’s disease (the growth of fibrous plaques in the soft tissue of the penis)
and scleroderma (excessive deposits of collagen in the skin or other organs).
Potaba is an antifibrosis agent, which acts by increasing oxygen uptake by the tissues.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE POTABA POWDER
Do not take Potaba Powder:
• if you are allergic to potassium para-aminobenzoate or other substances with similar chemical
structure (e.g. benzocaine, procaine, ethyl parahydroxybenzoate) or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
• if you have kidney disease
• if you have a raised level of potassium in your blood (each sachet contains 669 mg potassium)
• if you are taking sulfonamides or combinations of sulfonamides with other antibiotics (e.g.
sulfamethoxazole, sulfadimidine or co-trimoxazole)
• if you have severe liver damage
Warnings and precautions
You may need to stop taking Potaba Powder for a while if you are not eating enough food (e.g.
if you are fasting, have anorexia or are feeling sick). This is to reduce the risk of your blood
sugar levels falling too low (see section 4).
Your condition will need to be carefully monitored by your doctor to ensure you do not become
over-sensitive to the medication, in which case treatment with Potaba will be stopped.
Symptoms of this include fever, rash and tiredness.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Potaba Powder:
• if you have kidney problems or any other condition that may cause high blood levels of
potassium, Potaba Powder should be used with caution because of the risk of high levels of
blood potassium, which can cause abnormal heart rhythm
• if you have a liver disorder or disease - your doctor may monitor your liver function
Other medicines and Potaba Powder
Please check with your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines before taking
Potaba Powder as it can stop them from working:
• medicines known as sulfonamide antibiotics, e.g. co-trimoxazole or sulfadimidine
• methotrexate, a medicine used to treat cancer, arthritis and psoriasis
• digoxin, or any other cardiac glycoside, used to treat heart failure
• medicines known as aldosterone antagonists, e.g. eplenerone, spironolactone, used to treat
high blood pressure and certain liver and kidney problems
• medicines known as potassium-sparing diuretics, e.g. amiloride, triamterene, used to treat
high blood pressure and certain heart diseases
• medicines known as ACE-inhibitors, e.g. ramipril, lisinopril, enalapril, used to treat high blood
pressure and certain heart and kidney problems
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if your are taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including those obtained without a prescription.
Potaba Powder with food and drink
Always take Potaba Powder with food, dissolving the powder in cold water or fruit juice. If you
do not, there is a risk that you may feel slightly sick.
If, for any reason, you are not eating, or are just eating very small amounts, it is advisable that you
stop taking Potaba Powder until you start eating normally again. It is possible that if you do not
interrupt treatment the levels of sugar in your blood may become too low and you may feel unwell.
In the elderly, the low blood sugar that may occur during periods of low food intake may be
more difficult to recognise and may cause more neurological symptoms.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a
baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Potaba Powder should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, if you feel
confused, sleepy or weak whilst taking your medicine do not drive or operate machinery until
these symptoms have gone.
3. HOW TO TAKE POTABA POWDER
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The powder should be dissolved in cold water or fruit juice, to make it more pleasant to take,
and drunk during meal times.
The recommended dose is 12 g a day. This is the equivalent of 4 sachets a day.
The dosage should be spread throughout the day as evenly as possible, to maintain the level of
medicine in your system, making sure you swallow the medicine with food.
Potaba Powder should be taken for as long as your doctor has recommended.
Use in children
Potaba Powder is not recommended for use in children.
If you take more Potaba Powder than you should
If you take too much Potaba Powder, or somebody else accidentally swallows Potaba Powder,
contact your doctor or the nearest hospital casualty department immediately.
Treatment for overdose will depend on the symptoms that are shown.
If you forget to take Potaba Powder
If you miss a dose, wait until the next time you should take Potaba Powder and take it as
normal. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience the following stop using Potaba Powder and get immediate medical help:
• intense hunger, shaking, feeling nervous, anxious or confused, sweating, dizziness or feeling
light-headed, sleepiness, difficulty speaking or weakness. These symptoms may be caused
by low levels of sugar in your blood (hypoglycemia).
Other possible side effects:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• nausea (feeling sick), vomiting (being sick), loss of appetite, stomach discomfort, diarrhoea
• fever, chills
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• raised levels of liver enzymes (your doctor may arrange for you to have a blood test to check this)
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• reduced levels of blood sugar (hypogycaemia)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information of the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE POTABA POWDER
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25 °C.
Store in the original packaging.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to throw away of medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Potaba Powder contains
The active substance is potassium para-aminobenzoate. Each sachet contains 3 g of the active
There are no other ingredients.
What Potaba Powder looks like and contents of the pack
Potaba Powder is a white/off-white powder contained in a foil laminate sachet.
Each pack contains 40 sachets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
CHEPLAPHARM Arzneimittel GmbH
For information about this medicine, contact the medical information department on
0800 145 5034 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Product Licence Number: PL 27041/0005
This leaflet was last revised in February 2018.