Hi there Cartner ( the consummate "seeker"!)
I've been researching your question and can find no contraindications regarding diltiazem ( i.e. Cadiazem) and potassium supplementation. So in theory it's safe. It will not affect blood potassium levels.
Potassium and ACE inhibitors, now that's a whole other ball of wax!
However, that said, before you embark on a potassium supp. it's really important to know what your blood tests have shown regarding your potassium levels. If within normal range, you don't need a supplement.
If it's low, you may need to up your potassium intake. IF you have moderate or severe low potassium then yes, supplements may be effectve but definitely to be taken with your doctor's knowledge.
Borderline- low can most probably be "fixed" if you eat enough potassium rich foods. (I know I know you've heard this before!)
I know you've said that you have trouble finding fruits and vegetables where you live but I'm puzzled as to why
Can you get your hands on bananas? ONE MEDIUM BANANA
has approximately 1 gram of protein, 3 grams of fiber and a whopping 467 mg potassium
and getting Ka this way is far healthier and better absorbed than any supplement.
Please check with your doctor before you put that pill in your mouth!
Even better, just eat a banana every day!
There's a thread on this board started by tamuprof45
called Potassium Powerhouses which you and I both "joined". My post gives a link to a lot of potassium- rich foods. Honestly, if you are not suffering from real potassium depletion, try to take some of these daily. Not just for the potassium, but for all the other healthy vitamins and nutrients they offer.
Okay, that's it for now- Hope I didn''t give you w-a-a-a-y too much information!
You're question was so simple and I just went on and on...forgive me!