Aminobenzoate Potassium (Oral)

Aminobenzoate Potassium is a medication used to treat skin disorders like dermatomyositis, scleroderma or Peyronie's disease by helping to make the patients skin more flexible.

Overview

Aminobenzoate Potassium is used to treat skin conditions that cause tissues to harden, including scleroderma, dermatomyositis, and Peyronie's disease. Aminobenzoate Potassium works by softening skin and raising oxygen levels within the tissues of the body. As it is a rich source of vitamin B, it may also be used as a treatment for other issues. It is available in capsule, powder and tablet forms and as such has slightly different methods of ingestion for each.

Using Aminobenzoate Potassium regularly and following the instructions provided by a medical professional closely, can have significant effect on the treatment of skin conditions. It can often take more than two months of sustained usage to achieve the desired effects and as such, requires a disciplined approach to taking the medication. It is also imperative for the prevention of side effects that a routine approach to eating is in place whilst taking Aminobenzoate Potassium.

Conditions treated

Type of medicine

  • Vitamin B
    Folic Acid

Side Effects

As with all medications, the patient should be aware of the potential for side effects. Bear in mind however, that if a doctor has directed a patient to use this medication, that he or she has judged that the benefit is greater than the risk of any side effects. Many people using Aminobenzoate Potassium do not have any serious side effects whatsoever. That said, it is vital that all patients taking Aminobenzoate Potassium are aware of potential side effects, so as they may recognise them and seek the appropriate assistance, in the rare instances that they are needed.

Common reactions:

Common side effects may include but are not limited to: nausea, sickness or a loss of appetite. The patient may experience some skin irritations, or rash and it is possible to develop a fever after taking Aminobenzoate Potassium. Other common side effects include hunger, sweating, confusion, weakness, irritability, dizziness or even an increased heart rate. In isolation and to mild levels, these side effects can usually pass without the need for further assistance.

Major effects:

Less common side effects, which are more serious in nature, can occur on occasion and it is important to recognise these.

Hypoglycemia:

This medication can cause severe low blood sugar, known as hypoglycemia. The risk for low blood sugar increases if the patient does not consume enough calories from food, for several days. Symptoms include blurred vision, cold sweats, dizziness, drowsiness, shaking, increased heartbeat, sore head, fainting, tingling of the hands or feet and severe hunger. If any of these symptoms occur, it is recommended to rapidly raise the patients blood sugar by eating a quick source of sugar such as table sugar, candy, honey. Alternatively, drink some fruit juice or a non-diet soda. Consult a doctor about the reaction immediately also. To help prevent low blood sugar, eating meals on a regimented schedule whilst taking Aminobenzoate Potassium is recommended. The patient may develop a low blood sugar headache and experience feeling jittery or a serious loss of composure. Consult a doctor right away if the patient starts to experience any signs of infection like a persistent sore throat or fever.

Call a doctor at once if the patient experiences symptoms, like severe nausea or a loss of appetite that causes disruption to daily eating patterns. A normal, regular eating pattern whilst taking Aminobenzoate Potassium is essential to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Allergic reaction:

A serious allergic reaction to Aminobenzoate Potassium is rare however, seek immediate medical help if any symptoms are present. These symptoms are including but not limited to:

  • Rash on the body or face
  • Swelling or Itching on the face, tongue or throat.
  • Severe confusion and dizziness
  • Respiratory problems

If you suffer from any other allergies, then ensure these are discussed during initial prescriptions of Aminobenzoate Potassium, so an the medical professional can ensure is acting with all relevant information.

In case of emergency:

The patient may experience other side effects that concern them. If they notice other concerning symptoms not listed above, contact a doctor or pharmacist to discuss them. If the symptoms are severe or they warrant being considered an emergency, then contact 911 immediately or contact the U.S. poison control number 1-800-222-1222 for advice.

Dosage

It is vitally important that the patient reads the instruction and follows the advice of a medical professional, when taking Potassium aminobenzoate. Failure to do so may result in no effect, a reduced effect, an unwanted effect or even overdose. Always consult with a medical professional over the dosage and read the written instructions in full, before taking the drug

It is usually prescribed to be taken 4 times each day but this may vary. Do not take this medicine in differing amounts other than how it was prescribed, or for any longer than recommended. It can take up to two months before the patient notices any significant improvements in the condition.

If the patient is taking the tablet form of Aminobenzoate Potassium, first crush the prescribed number of tablets and dissolve in a glass of water (around 8 ounces or 240 milliliters) or juice. Stir well and drink the all of the mixture right away.

If the patient is taking capsules, take the prescribed dose with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) juice, or milk to lessen stomach upset side effects when the drug takes effect.

If the patient is taking the powder from packets, mix the dose in a full glass of cold water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) or citrus based fruit juice. Stir well until dissolved and drink the entire mixture immediately. If the patient is using water to administer the mixture, they can also drink a citrus or carbonated drink after taking the dose to reduce any aftertaste from the medication. It is also recommended to take the medicine after eating a full meal or large snack. This will help prevent stomach side effects such as nausea and will keep blood sugar level from sinking too low.

If a child is prescribed Aminobenzoate Potassium, tell a doctor or pharmacist if the child has any changes in weight. Doses are based on weight in children and even small changes may affect the required dose.

Use Aminobenzoate Potassium regularly to get the best results. Refill the prescription before running out of medicine completely, to avoid periods of non-medication, as these can harm results. The patient should take a missed dose as soon as they remember. Skip any missed dose if it is now or almost now time for the next scheduled dose. Do not catch up or take extra medicine to make up the missed dose if its full period has elapsed.

Interactions

If a patient is taking Aminobenzoate Potassium, then it is important to avoid any unwanted interactions. Interactions are when two or more substances combine in the body to change how either one may work. This may include reduced effects, either drug not working at all, or induce adverse effects which may be harmful. As such, the patient should consult with a medical professional regarding each and every medication they are taking, to avoid unwanted reactions. Before using this medication, tell a doctor or pharmacist of all prescription, nonprescription, herbal products or remedies used. Additionally the use of caffeine, alcohol and any recreational drugs should be discussed also. A policy of full disclose is the safest way to obtain accurate medical advice from a doctor or pharmacist.

Below is a list of known interacting substances. These include but are not limited to:

  • Advair Diskus, Fluticasone or Salmeterol.
  • CoQ10 or Ubiquinone.
  • Darvocet-N 100, Acetaminophen or Propoxyphene.
  • Diovan HCT, Hydrochlorothiazide or Valsartan.
  • Fish Oil Ultra or Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM, Chondroitin, Glucosamine or Methylsulfonylmethane.
  • Iron Sulfates such as Ferrous Sulfate.
  • Letairis or Ambrisentan.
  • Lexapro or Escitalopram.
  • Lipitor or Atorvastatin.
  • Omega 3-6-9 Complex.
  • Osteo Bi-Flex Plus MSM.
  • Protonix or Pantoprazole.
  • Prozac or Fluoxetine.
  • Selenium TR or Selenium.
  • Vicodin, Acetaminophen or Hydrocodone.
  • Vitamin B12 or Cyanocobalamin.
  • Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid.
  • Vitamin D2 Ergocalciferol.
  • Vitamin D3 Cholecalciferol.

Warnings

Before taking Aminobenzoate Potassium, consult with a doctor or pharmacist regarding any allergic reactions the patient has (also see allergic reactions section above). This product contains inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or react with other substances. A full consultation with a medical professional should be carried out before a course of drugs is prescribed or recommended.

In some rare cases, it has been reported that patients taking Aminobenzoate Potassium have gone on to develop hepatitis and liver damage. Patients with assumed healthy livers and mild alcohol consumption are amongst reported cases. For this reason, patients with a history of liver damage should consider this carefully, when in consultation with a medical professional.

If the patient has a history of diabetes, or are currently under treatment for this condition, then it is not recommended to take Aminobenzoate Potassium. Due to the instability of diabetes sufferers blood sugar level, they would be at a much greater risk of issues when taking Aminobenzoate Potassium.

The elderly can be more sensitive to the effects of Aminobenzoate Potassium, especially low blood sugar. Contact a doctor right away, if the patient experiences any symptoms of low blood sugar, including confusion, headache or are having trouble concentrating.

Overdose:

As with any medication, it is vital to take the correct dose to achieve the desired results. Always discuss the dosage amounts with a doctor or pharmacist and double check it against the written instructions, inside the medication packaging. As Aminobenzoate Potassium comes in three forms - tablet, capsule or power - the patient should discuss the specific method of administering the drug at the initial consultation to avoid confusion.

An overdose of potassium aminobenzoate may cause the patient to have low blood sugar. Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia include extreme weakness, confusion, shakes, sweating, increased heart rate, trouble speaking clearly, nausea, vomiting, hyperventilation, fainting, and seizure or convulsions. If the patient exhibits any of these symptoms then contact emergency medical services immediately.

Taking too much Aminobenzoate Potassium can also lead to liver damage and the associated conditions.
This may manifest itself in symptoms such as: skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice), abdominal pains, swelling in the legs and around the ankles, dark urine color, pale stool, bloody stool or tar-colored stool, chronic fatigue along with nausea and vomiting.

Storage

How a drug is stored can effect many elements of the medication, including it's casing and the drug its self. It is important to follow all guidelines stated in the written instructions and consider all factors to maintain the medication in an operational and effective condition.

Store Aminobenzoate Potassium tablets, capsules, or powder between 46 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit (8-15 degrees Celsius). Keep the drug away from light and moisture. As a result it is not recommended to store Aminobenzoate Potassium in the bathroom, as moisture can perish the drug.

If the patient is taking Aminobenzoate Potassium in powder form, it is to be taken immediately after mixing. Otherwise, refrigerate the mixture in a light resistant container, such as a metal container, flask or Tupperware that is opaque (not transparent). Do not freeze Aminobenzoate Potassium under any circumstances and discard any remaining mixture after one week at the maximum.

Keep all medicines away from children and pets. It is advisable to keep medications out of reach and within a locked or secured location.

Do not flush any medications down the toilet, pour them into a drain or garbage disposal unless instructed to do so by a medical professional. Properly discard of this product when it has expired or is no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist, doctors surgery or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard of medications.

Summary

Whilst Aminobenzoate Potassium cannot be taken completely risk free, is a relatively safe and effective treatment against skin conditions. With a proper medical consultation and diligent following of the program by the patient, it can be a good treatment for those suffering from Scleroderma, Dermatomyositis and Peyronie's disease.

Aminobenzoate Potassium should be taken persistently and as part of a regular, fixed routine to achieve its best results. Patients with a history of liver problems or diabetes should be cautious but if Aminobenzoate Potassium is taken as recommended by a qualified medical professional, it can achieve beneficial results.

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Last Reviewed:
December 10, 2017
Last Updated:
April 04, 2018