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Potassium Acetate

Potassium Acetate Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 4/08/2016

Potassium Acetate Injection is used as a source of potassium, for addition to large volume intravenous fluids, to prevent or correct hypokalemia (low potassium) in patients with restricted or no oral intake of potassium. Potassium acetate injection is also useful as an additive for preparing specific intravenous fluid formulas when the needs of the patient cannot be met by standard electrolyte or nutrient solutions. Potassium acetate injection may be available in generic form. Common side effects of potassium acetate injection include:

  • symptoms of potassium intoxication which are tingling or burning sensation in hands and feet
  • weakness
  • lack of muscle tone
  • listlessness
  • mental confusion
  • weakness and heaviness of the legs
  • low blood pressure
  • diarrhea, or
  • heart irregularities

Potassium Acetate Injection is administered intravenously only after dilution in a larger volume of fluid. The dose and rate of administration depend upon the individual needs of the patient. Potassium Acetate may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Potassium Acetate should only be used if prescribed. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Potassium Acetate Injection Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Potassium Acetate FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Adverse reactions involve the possibility of potassium intoxication.The signs and symptoms of potassium intoxication include paresthesias of the extremities, flaccid paralysis, listlessness,mental confusion, weakness and heaviness of the legs,hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, heart block, electrocardiographic abnormalities such as disappearance of P waves, spreading and slurring of the QRS complex with development of a biphasic curve and cardiac arrest. See WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS.

Drug Abuse And Dependence

None known.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Potassium Acetate (Potassium Acetate)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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