PATIENT'S NAME: MEDICATION: potassium chloride - McGraw-Hill

MEDICATION: potassium chloride (Brand names include Apo-K, Cena-K, Gen-K, K+ Care, K+ 10,
Kalium Durules, Kaochlor, Kaochlor S-F, Kaon-Cl, Kay Ciel, KCl, K-Dur, K-Lease, K-Long, K-Lor, KlorCon, Klorvess Liquid, Klotrix, K-Lyte/Cl Powder, K-Med, K-Norm, K-Sol, K-Tab, Micro-K, Micro-K
ExtenCaps, Micro-LS, Potasalan, Roychlor, Rum-K, Slow-K, and Ten-K .)
WHAT IT'S USED FOR: Potassium chloride is used to prevent or treat low potassium in your body.
Take drug with or right after meals, with a glass of water or fruit juice.
Don’t take wax matrix tablets if you have a swallowing problem.
Don’t crush or chew the long-acting form of drug. Swallow it whole.
Mix and dissolve powder completely in 3 to 8 ounces of water or juice.
Sip diluted liquid form over 5 to 10 minutes.
Contact your prescriber if you experience confusion, numbness, tingling, unusual tiredness or
weakness, a heavy feeling in the legs, nausea, or vomiting.
Don't interchange one potassium product for another.
Don’t use potassium-based salt substitutes while taking this drug.
The wax matrix form may appear in your feces, but the drug has already been absorbed.
To ease stomach upset, eat small, frequent servings of healthy food and drink plenty of fluids.
Tell your prescriber if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This drug may cause confusion, restlessness, weakness, paralysis, numbness, tingling, irregular heart
beat, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, passing gas, nausea, vomiting, or stomach or intestinal ulcers.
Notify your prescriber of bothersome symptoms.
Potassium chloride may interact with other drugs, including potassium-sparing diuretics (such as
spironolactone and triamterene), other potassium preparations, drugs called ACE inhibitors (such
as captopril and enalapril), and potassium-based salt substitutes. Tell all prescribers what drugs
you are taking.
Don’t take herbs without consulting your prescriber.
Store drug at controlled room temperature.
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