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Potassium Chloride

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: EpiklorT;EpiklorT/25;K-Tab®;Kaon-CL® 10;Klor-Con®;Klor-Con® 10;Klor-Con® 8;Klor-Con® M10;Klor-Con® M15;Klor-Con® M20;Klor-Con®/25;microK®;microK® 10
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-K®;K-10®;K-Dur®;Micro-K Extencaps®;Roychlor®;Slo-Pot;Slow-K®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Corpotasin;K-Dur;Kelefusin
    • Pharmacologic Category: Electrolyte Supplement, Oral;Electrolyte Supplement, Parenteral

    Uses
    • It is used to stop or treat low potassium levels.
    • Potassium keeps good organ function.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Oral:
    • Take this drug with food.
    • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
    • Mix liquid or powder with 1/2 cup of water.
    • Klor-Con® M: Tablet may be broken in half or the whole tablet may be mixed with a 1/2 cup of water. Drink it right away.
    • Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • There is a liquid (solution) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given. You may have to stop the tube feeding first. Some potassium products do not mix well with tube feeding.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect capsules and tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to potassium chloride or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have high potassium levels.
    • Do not use by mouth if you have a bowel block, slow-moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract, or slow stomach clearing.

    Precautions

    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • If water pill is stopped, potassium will most often be stopped too. Talk with the doctor.
    • Some products of potassium are in a wax matrix; you may see this in stool. The potassium has been taken into the body, but the wax has not.
    • Avoid salt substitutes that have potassium, potassium-sparing diuretics, or potassium products.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Belly pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • A fast heartbeat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Weakness, numbness, or tingling.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very loose stools.
    • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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