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Why is this medication prescribed?
Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Usually the food you eat supplies all of the potassium you need. However, certain diseases (e.g., kidney disease and gastrointestinal disease with vomiting and diarrhea) and drugs, especially diuretics ('water pills'), remove potassium from the body. Potassium supplements are taken to replace potassium losses and prevent potassium deficiency.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to potassium. You may have electrocardiograms (EKGs) and blood tests to see if your dose needs to be changed.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
Kay Ciel Overview
Potassium chloride is a prescription medication used to treat and prevent low potassium levels due to poor dietary intake, certain diseases, or other drugs. Potassium chloride belongs to a group of drugs called electrolytes, which are compounds that help the body function normally.
This medication comes in tablet and capsule forms and may be taken multiple times a day with food and water.
This medication is also available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein by a healthcare professional.
Common side effects of potassium chloride include nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort or pain, and diarrhea.
Kay Ciel and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.
Potassium chloride falls into category C. This medication may be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that its benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn baby.
It is not known if potassium chloride will harm your unborn baby.
Kay Ciel and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
The active ingredient in potassium chloride is excreted in human breast milk. The effect of potassium chloride on the nursing infant is not known.
Kay Ciel Usage
Take potassium chloride exactly as prescribed.
- This medication comes in tablet and capsule forms and may be taken multiple times a day with food and water.
- Swallow capsules and tablets whole. Do not chew or crush contents of either the tablet or capsule.
- This medication is also available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein by a healthcare professional.
- The liquid for injection form is to be used by your hospital physician.
- For patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets whole, the tablet may be broken in half.
- For patients who have difficulty swallowing capsules whole, its contents may be sprinkled into soft food followed by a glass of water or other liquid.
- If one cannot swallow a tablet, a capsule, or half a tablet, try the following alternate methods of administration:
- Prepare an aqueous (water) suspension as follows:
- Place the whole tablet or pour the capsule's contents in approximately one-half glass of water (4 fluid ounces).
- Allow approximately 2 minutes for the contents to dissolve.
- Stir for about half a minute after the contents have dissolved.
- Swirl the suspension and consume the entire suspension immediately by drinking or by the use of a straw.
- Add another one fluid ounce of water, swirl, and consume immediately.
- Then, add an additional one fluid ounce of water, swirl, and consume immediately.
- If not taken immediately, it should be discarded. The use of other liquids besides water for dissolving tablets or capsule contents is not recommended.
- Prepare an aqueous (water) suspension as follows:
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of potassium chloride at the same time.
- Store potassium chloride at room temperature.
- Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.