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Potassium Nitrate

Potassium nitrate is a chemical compound of potassium known as an alkali metal nitrate. In the world of manufacturing, potassium nitrate is used in the creation of many products. Potassium nitrate has a long history in the world of medical treatment as well and once was used as a cure-all for all sorts of maladies from asthma, to arthritis, to stomach problems, and more. Today, in terms of medical applications, it is predominantly used as a diuretic and diaphoretic. It may also, in select quantities, improve muscle function and lower blood pressure. And it is used as a whitening agent in some toothpastes, as well as by body builders for muscle improvement, endurance, and as a strength training enhancer.


Potassium nitrate often comes in tablet and capsule form but your doctor will decide what form you should take that will be optimal for your specific condition. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions about the properties of potassium nitrate. Follow your doctor's precise directions regarding form and dosage. Never take more potassium nitrate, in any form, than you are prescribed as this may cause harmful, potentially dangerous effects.


Potassium nitrate may, like any drug or supplement, bring on unwanted side effects. Common side effects seen with potassium nitrate are listed below. If you experience any side effect that lingers, persists, or worsens, see your doctor. If you experience anything that feels severe, seek medical treatment immediately.

  • Loss of Balance
  • Irregular Pulse
  • Convulsions
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Methemoglobin in the Blood
  • Flushing Skin

Many other side effects are possible. Check with your doctor for a complete overview of all possible side effects.


Do not use potassium nitrate unless you have seen your doctor and he or she has decided potassium nitrate is safe for your use.

Potassium nitrate is contraindicated for various conditions, etc. Consult with your doctor for a full overview of all possible contraindications relevant to you. Never take potassium nitrate in any form if it is contraindicated for you or your specific condition or set of circumstances, etc.

Potassium nitrate is contraindicated for the following:

  • Pregnancy (or planning a pregnancy)
  • Breast Feeding (or planning to begin breastfeeding)
  • For Anyone Taking Medicines, Supplements and/or Herbals
  • Kidney Problems
  • Allergies to Food
  • Allergies to Medicines
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