Take the medicine orally immediately after or with food.
The course of treatment should be complete, especially if you are taking diuretics or digoxin.
In case of symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding, it is necessary to see a doctor immediately.
Potassium chloride is a continuous release tablet used to treat low blood potassium with or without metabolic alkalosis, in chronic digoxin poisoning, and in patients with periodic paralysis with low blood potassium.
Potassium Chloride Warnings:
Use potassium chloride with caution in the following cases.
Prolonged or severe diarrhea, esophageal dysfunction, prolonged gastric emptying, intestinal or gastrointestinal obstruction, periodic familial paralysis, severe or complete heart block, and high blood potassium or conditions that lead to high blood potassium.
The risk of excessive blood potassium in elderly patients is very high due to changes in the liver’s ability to excrete potassium.
This drug should be used with caution to correct low blood potassium to prevent high blood potassium with cardiac arrhythmias.
Plasma concentrations greater than 5.5 mEq / L are dangerous due to the possibility of arrhythmias.
Careful follow-up of the patient, examination of the electrocardiogram, and measurement of potassium concentration may be necessary in some cases. Be sure to consult your doctor about this.
In the event of impaired renal function, which may be due to hypothyroidism or elevated serum creatinine, the infusion of potassium chloride should be stopped immediately.
Products containing potassium chloride at concentrations of 5.1 mEq / ml and 2 mEq / ml should be diluted before intravenous injection. Direct injection of undiluted products may result in death. Be careful about this.
Potassium chloride medicine interactions:
Concomitant use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, beta-adrenergic receptor blockers, potassium-sparing diuretics and heparin with potassium supplements may increase serum potassium concentrations resulting in cardiac arrest. Concomitant use of oral anticholinergic drugs with potassium chloride may increase the severity of gastrointestinal lesions due to the use of this drug. Concomitant use of potassium chloride with digoxin is not recommended in digitized patients or in patients with severe or complete heart block.
Some side effects:
Disturbance of consciousness, irregular or slow heartbeat, numbness or tingling in the hands, feet or lips, difficulty breathing, anxiety, fatigue or weakness, weakness or heaviness in the legs have been reported with the use of this drug.