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Potassium Chloride

Posted Sep 16 2010 12:30pm

My potassium is on the normal level. But according to my doctor it’s a bit low because it is nearing the borderline. And it’s a good thing that I told him about the frequent cramps I am experiencing because that was the cause of low potassium level. So he then prescribe me potassium chloride. Yesterday, while buying it from Mercury Drug, the pharmacist have to call him to confirm my order. Imagine that. As it turn out, based on my research, potassium chloride should not be taken by patients with kidney problem. The pharmacist was confused because along with the Potassium chloride I am prescribed celcept.

Here is something I have learn :

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 kidney failure, Addison’s disease, severe burns or other tissue injury, if you are dehydrated, if you take certain diuretics (water pills), or if you have high levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia). Do not crush, chew, break, or suck on an extended-release tablet or capsule. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking or crushing the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Sucking on a potassium tablet can irritate your mouth or throat. Take potassium chloride with food or just after a meal.

To be sure potassium chloride is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Your heart rate may also be checked using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG) to measure electrical activity of the heart. This test will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with potassium. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Serious side effects of potassium include uneven heartbeat, muscle weakness or limp feeling, severe stomach pain, and numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or mouth.

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Now, I have some answers to the things that happens to my body. Again, thanks to my very knowledgeable doctor who always has answers.

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