What is Potassium Chloride used for?
Potassium Chloride is indicated in the prevention or treatment of low blood levels of potassium in the body (hypokalemia). Low potassium levels in the body can occur as a result of taking certain medicines, or excessive vomiting or diarrhea. Potassium deficiency can lead to health issues such as muscle weakness, fatigue, cardiac problems, and so on.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Potassium Chloride?
Like other medicines, Potassium Chloride can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Potassium Chloride are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Potassium Chloride cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Potassium Chloride develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Potassium Chloride can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Potassium Chloride.
What is the recommended dosage of Potassium Chloride?
The dosage of Potassium Chloride prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Potassium Chloride?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Potassium Chloride medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Potassium Chloride?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Potassium Chloride, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Potassium Chloride?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Potassium Chloride.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Potassium Chloride, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Potassium Chloride can interact with bronchodilators, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Potassium Chloride?
Is it possible for me to take Potassium Chloride with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Potassium Chloride?
What are the possible drug interactions of Potassium Chloride?
How will Potassium Chloride work in my body?
How should Potassium Chloride be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Potassium Chloride drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Potassium Chloride is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.