potassium chloride (Rx)

Brand and Other Names:KDur, Slow K, more...Kaon Cl 10, KCl, K10, Klor-Con M, Klor Con M10, Klor Con M15, Klor Con M20, KlorCon, Klotrix, KTab, MicroK, K8
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

tablet

  • 20mEq

tablet, extended-release

  • 8mEq
  • 10mEq
  • 15mEq
  • 20mEq

capsules, extended-release

  • 8mEq
  • 10mEq

injectable solution

  • 1mEq/mL
  • 1.5mEq/mL
  • 2mEq/mL
  • 3mEq/mL
  • 4mEq/mL

premix IV in plastic container

  • 10mEq
  • 20mEq
  • 30mEq
  • 40mEq
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Hypokalemia

20-40 mEq PO BID-QID

Hypokalemia Prophylaxis

Start: 20 mEq PO qDay

Dosing considerations

  • Dosing varies; adjust to serum potassium levels

Dosage Forms & Strengths

tablet

  • 20mEq

tablet, extended-release

  • 8mEq
  • 10mEq
  • 15mEq
  • 20mEq

capsules, extended-release

  • 8mEq
  • 10mEq

injectable solution

  • 1mEq/mL
  • 1.5mEq/mL
  • 2mEq/mL
  • 3mEq/mL
  • 4mEq/mL

premixed IV in plastic container

  • 10mEq
  • 20mEq
  • 30mEq
  • 40mEq
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Hypokalemia

0.5-2 mEq/kg PO q12hr 

Monitor closely: 0.5 mEq/kg/hr IV for 1-2 hr

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Interactions

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            Adverse Effects

            Frequency Not Defined

            Arrhythmias

            Bleeding

            Diarrhea

            Dyspepsia

            Hyperkalemia

            Nausea

            Rash

            Vomiting

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Hypersensitivity

            Untreated Addison disease

            Hyperkalemia

            Renal failure

            Cautions

            CV disease

            Impaired renal fxn

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy category: C

            Lactation: N/A

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Mechanism of Action

            Essential in physiologic processes

            Elimination

            Excretion: Urine

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            Administration

            IV Incompatibilities

            Additive: Ampho B

            Y-site: Diazepam

            IV Compatibilities

            Additive: Aminophylline, amiodarone, Ca gluconate, cimetidine, clindamycin, dobutamine, dopamine, erythromycin, furosemide, heparin, hydrocortisone, lidocaine, norepinephrine, Na bicarb, vancomycin, verapamil

            Y-site: Amiodarone, aminophylline, ampicillin, atropine, Ca gluconate, dobutamine, dopamine, epinephrine, esmolol, fentanyl, furosemide, heparin, lidocaine, morphine, norepinephrine, Na bicarb

            Not spec.: Cefazolin, tetracycline

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            Formulary

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            Tier Description
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