Is Banatrol Plus appropriate for patients on a low potassium diet?
Banatrol Plus (120 mg potassium per pack) is considered a medium-potassium food (101-200 mg potassium per serving). In general, Banatrol Plus should be limited to 1 – 2 packs per day for individuals who need to limit their potassium intake. For potassium restricted diets, a packet of Banatrol Plus can be given in place of one serving of allowed medium-potassium foods as assessed by the medical health provider.
Comparison of potassium content of Banatrol Plus vs a raw medium banana:
Each packet of Banatrol Plus contains 120 mg of potassium: the same as about ¼ of a medium banana.
A medium raw banana contains 422 mg of potassium: Bananas are considered a very high-potassium
- Low-potassium foods contain less than 100 mg of potassium per serving
- Medium-potassium foods contain 101 to 200 mg of potassium per serving
- High-potassium foods contain 201 to 300 mg of potassium per serving
- Very high-potassium foods contain more than 300 mg of potassium per serving
Banatrol Plus is considered a medium-potassium food, but 3 packs a day would be the same as eating a small whole banana.
The Healthcare Specialist can use this information along with the patient’s potassium level, current potassium intake and other factors to determine if Banatrol Plus is appropriate for the individual patient on a low potassium or potassium restricted diet.