Potassium Chloride

Generic of K-Tab, Pokonza

What is Potassium Chloride used for?

This medication is a mineral supplement used to treat or prevent low amounts of potassium in the blood. A normal level of potassium in the blood is important. Potassium helps your cells, kidneys, heart, muscles, and nerves work properly. Most people get enough potassium by eating a well-balanced diet. Some conditions that can lower your body's potassium level include severe prolonged diarrhea and vomiting, hormone problems such as hyperaldosteronism, or treatment with "water pills"/diuretics.

CHEMICAL NAME

Potassium Chloride

DRUG TYPE

Vitamins And Minerals
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Potassium Chloride Frequently Asked Questions

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. To prevent stomach upset, take each dose with a meal and a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication.

Swallow the capsules or tablets whole. Do not crush, or chew extended-release capsules or tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects.

Swallow the capsules whole. If you have trouble swallowing the capsules, tell your doctor or pharmacist. Some brands may be opened and the contents sprinkled onto a spoonful of cool, soft food such as applesauce or pudding. Immediately swallow the food/medication mixture without chewing. Do not prepare the mixture ahead of time. Drink a glass of cool water after each dose to make sure you swallow all the medication. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about your brand.

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. Do not take more than 20 milliequivalents per dose.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if you have symptoms of low potassium in the blood (such as irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness/cramps).

IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

Potassium Chloride Dosage and Form Information

Tablet ER Particles/Crystals
10 Meq
15 Meq
20 Meq
Tablet ER
10 Meq
20 Meq
8 Meq
Capsule ER
10 Meq
8 Meq
Packet
20 Meq
Liquid
40Meq/15Ml
20Meq/15Ml

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Brand Name Examples

Tablet ER
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Packet
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Generic Examples

Tablet ER
8 Meq
10 Meq
Packet
20 Meq
Tablet ER Particles/Crystals
20 Meq
15 Meq
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