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Potassium Chloride
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Potassium Chloride Overview

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(poe TASS ee um KLOR ide)

U.S. Brand Names

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

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-K®; K-10®; K-Dur®; K-Lyte®/Cl; Micro-K Extencaps®; Roychlor®; Slo-Pot; Slow-K®

Mexican Brand Names

Corpotasin; K-Dur; Kelefusin

Pharmacologic Category

Electrolyte Supplement, Oral; Electrolyte Supplement, Parenteral

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to potassium chloride or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have high potassium levels.

• Do not use orally if there is an intestinal blockage, slow moving gastrointestinal tract, or slow stomach emptying.

How does it work?

• Potassium maintains good organ function.

How is it best taken?

Oral:

• Take this medicine with food.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

• Mix liquid or powder with 1/2 cup of water.

• Klor-Con® M: Tablet can be broken in half or the whole tablet can be mixed with a 1/2 cup of water. Drink right away.

• Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given. May have to stop tube feeding first. Some potassium products do not mix well with tube feeding.

Injection:

• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work (potassium). Talk with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• The injection will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:11:15.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:17:51.0

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