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KCL in NS

Potassium Chloride in Sodium Chloride Injection, USP in Plastic Container (potassium chloride in sodium chloride injection)
VIAFLEX Plus Container

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Potassium Chloride in Sodium Chloride Injection, USP is a sterile, nonpyrogenic, solution for fluid and electrolyte replenishment in a single dose container for intravenous administration. It contains no antimicrobial agents. Composition, osmolarity, pH and ionic concentration are shown in Table 1.

Table 1

  Size (mL) Composition (g/L) *Osmolarity (mOsmol/L) (Calc.) pH Ionic Concentration (mEq/L)
Sodium Chloride, USP (NaCl) Potassium Chloride, USP (KCl) Sodium Potassium Chloride
20 mEq/L Potassium Chloride in 0.45% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP 1000 4.5 1.5 194 5.5
(3.5 to 6.5)
77 20 97
20 mEq/L Potassium Chloride in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP 1000 9 1.5 348 5.5
(3.5 to 6.5)
154 20 174
40 mEq/L Potassium Chloride in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP 1000 9 3 388 5.5
(3.5 to 6.5)
154 40 194
*Normal physiologic osmolarity range is approximately 280 to 310 mOsmol/L.
Administration of substantially hypertonic solutions ( > 600 mOsmol/L) may cause vein damage.

The VIAFLEX Plus plastic container is fabricated from a specially formulated polyvinyl chloride (PL 146 Plastic). VIAFLEX Plus on the container indicates the presence of a drug additive in a drug vehicle. The VIAFLEX Plus plastic container system utilizes the same container as the VIAFLEX plastic container system. The amount of water that can permeate from inside the container into the overwrap is insufficient to affect the solution significantly. Solutions in contact with the plastic container can leach out certain of its chemical components in very small amounts within the expiration period, e.g., di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), up to 5 parts per million. However, the safety of the plastic has been confirmed in tests in animals according to USP biological tests for plastic containers as well as by tissue culture toxicity studies.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/29/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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