Potaba ® Potassium P-AminobenzoateClick here for Prescribing Information
What is Potaba
POTABA is part of the Vitamin B complex. It is a naturally occurring substance that participates in many biologically important processes.
Why is Potaba prescribed?
POTABA is prescribed for conditions such as: scleroderma, dermatomyositis, morphea and linear scleroderma, and Peyronie's disease. It is believed to produce a skin/plaque softening in patients when given in adequate dosage over sufficient time.
How Does it work?
Understanding of drug mechanism at the cellular level is incomplete in the case of many medications. It is thought that POTABA has an antifibrotic effect due to increased oxygen uptake at the tissue level.
How is it administered?
Orally, according to the following schedule:
0.5 gm. per capsule
Take six capsules with a glass of water, after eating. 4 Times Daily.
0.5 gm. per tablet
SWALLOW six tablets with liquid or CRUSH six tablets and add to a glass of chilled water or juice; stir thoroughly and drink after eating. 4 Times Daily.
What is the advantage of taking Potaba?
Therapy with POTABA is non-toxic, low risk treatment for conditions that are usually long-term. This regimen represents a good possibility of softening hard tissue. As there is a very low incidence of drug interactions, many other medications may be continued while you are taking POTABA. It is highly soluble in water and therefore readily absorbed.
Where can I get Potaba?
POTABA requires a physician's prescription. It can be obtained from your local pharmacy.
Are there any contraindications to Potaba?
Your doctor should know if you are taking antimicrobial sulfonamides as POTABA may nullify the anti-bacterial effect.
POTABA should be administered with caution in the following medical conditions:
- Diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes)
- Hypoglycemia (chronic low blood sugar)
- Allergy to POTABA or PABA
- Kidney disease
How long should I take Potaba? How soon will I see results?
Length of therapy varies considerably with disease state and from person to person. It may be two to three months before results are noticeable.
Are there foods, drink, or activites I should avoid while taking Potaba?
POTABA therapy is most acceptable when taken in conjunction with meals or snacks. There are no specific foods or drinks to avoid, but it is good to keep a normal dietary intake to prevent stomach upset or low blood sugar. The doctor should know if you are on a special diet. Usual activities can be encouraged. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing an infant your doctor should be notified so this can be taken into consideration when prescribing POTABA or any prescription medication.
Are there any side effects?
Anorexia, nausea, fever and rash have occurred rarely.
What should I do if these symptoms occur?
Notify the doctor, stop taking the medication until symptoms subside. The doctor may then write a schedule to accomplish desensitization and resume therapy. (Available from Glenwood, LLC).
Are there any other considerations before beginning POTABA therapy?
With any prescription drug it is wise to consider...
- The prescription is for the specific condition and for the use of the patient only.
- Keep medication out of the reach of children.
- If you have questions about the information presented here, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse.