Potassium is a mineral that is found in many foods and is needed for several functions of your body, especially the beating of your heart. Potassium chloride is used to prevent or to treat low blood levels of potassium hypokalemia. Potassium levels can be low as a result of a disease or from taking certain medicines, or after a prolonged illness with diarrhea or vomiting. You should not use potassium chloride if you have high levels of potassium in your blood hyperkalemia , or if you also take a "potassium-sparing" diuretic. To be sure potassium chloride is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often.
For further information about unapproved drugs, click here. The chemical name is potassium chloride and the structural name is KCl. Potassium chloride, USP occurs as a white granular powder or as odorless crystals. It is odorless and has a saline taste. Its solutions are neutral to litmus. It is freely soluble in water and insoluble in alcohol. The potassium ion is the principle intercellular cation of most body tissue.
Medically reviewed by Drugs. Last updated on Jun 1, Potassium Chloride is indicated for the treatment and prophylaxis of hypokalemia, in patients for whom dietary management with potassium-rich foods or diuretic dose reduction are insufficient. Monitor serum potassium and adjust dosages accordingly. For treatment of hypokalemia, monitor potassium levels daily or more often depending on the severity of hypokalemia until they return to normal.
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