Potassium Chloride is used to prevent and treat low amounts of potassium in the blood. A normal level of it in the blood is important. Potassium helps your kidneys, cells, heart, nerves, and muscles work properly. Most people get enough potassium by eating a well-balanced diet. Some conditions that may lower your body’s potassium level include:
- Hormone problems such as hyperaldosteronism
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Treatment with water pill or diuretics
How does Potassium Chloride work?
The potassium ion is the main intracellular action of most body tissues. Potassium ions contribute to a number of essential physiological processes including
- The contraction of cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle
- The transmission of nerve impulses
- The maintenance of intracellular tonicity
- The maintenance of normal renal function
Potassium is a usual dietary constituent and under steady-state condition. The amount of potassium absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract is equal to the amount excreted in the urine.
Why use Potassium Chloride?
Potassium Chloride is a mineral supplement. This comes as an extended-release for oral use. Each tablet has 600 mg and 750 mg of Potassium Chloride equivalent to 8 mEq and 10 mEq of potassium. It appears as a white granular powder or as colorless crystals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Potassium Chloride?
Potassium Chloride is to be taken by mouth as directed by your doctor. Take each dose with a meal to prevent stomach upset. Do not lie down for 10 minutes after taking the medicine. Remember to take it at the same time each day.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. Take each dose with a full glass of water. It is important that you take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take more than the prescription.
What are the side effects of Potassium Chloride?
- Sore throat
- Upset stomach
- Runny nose
- Tingling in your hands or feet
- Leg discomfort
- Muscle weakness
- Increased urination
- Stomach pain
Warnings and Precautions
- This medication may not be prescribed for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Tell your doctor if you have any medical history or current treatments.
- If you have any allergies, tell it to your doctor right away. This drug may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
- Before using this, inform your doctor if you have kidney disease or heart disease.
- Keep this at room temperature away from heat and moisture.