PATIENT’S NAME: 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. HOW TO TAKE IT 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. WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS! 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. SIDE EFFECTS 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. INTERACTIONS 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. STORAGE Store drug at controlled room temperature. ADDITIONAL POINTS: Your initials: ______________ Date: ______________ nursesdrughandbook.com/Patient Teaching Aid © 2004 Nursing Spectrum. All rights reserved. WARNING: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on the nursesdrughandbook.com website is accurate, up-to-date, and complete; however, no guarantee is made to that effect and nursesdrughandbook.com is not responsible for any errors or omissions or from any consequence from your use of such information.