K-LOR

Last updated on RxList: 5/9/2018
K-LOR Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 5/9/2018

K-Lor (potassium chloride) is a mineral 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. K-Lor is available in generic form. Common side effects of K-Lor include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • upset stomach,
  • sore throat,
  • runny nose,
  • mild or occasional diarrhea,
  • tingling in your hands or feet, or
  • the appearance of a potassium chloride tablet in your stool.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of K-Lor including:

  • confusion,
  • anxiety,
  • feeling like you might pass out,
  • uneven heartbeat,
  • extreme thirst,
  • increased urination,
  • leg discomfort,
  • muscle weakness or limp feeling,
  • numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet, or around your mouth,
  • severe stomach pain,
  • ongoing diarrhea or vomiting,
  • black/bloody/tarry stools, or
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

The dose of K-Lor for the prevention of hypokalemia is typically in the range of 20 mEq per day. Doses of 40-100 mEq per day or more are used for the treatment of potassium depletion. K-Lor may interact with eplerenone, digoxin, quinidine, bronchodilators, ACE inhibitors, or diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, K-Lor should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our K-Lor (potassium chloride) 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.

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K-LOR Consumer Information

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using potassium chloride and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe throat irritation;
  • chest pain, trouble breathing;
  • pain, burning, bruising, swelling, irritation, or skin changes where the medicine was injected;
  • stomach bloating, severe vomiting, severe stomach pain;
  • high potassium level--nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement; or
  • signs of stomach bleeding--bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • gas, stomach pain; or
  • the appearance of a potassium chloride tablet in your stool.

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for K-LOR (Potassium Chloride)

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SIDE EFFECTS

The following adverse reactions have been identified with use of oral potassium salts. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

The most common adverse reactions to oral potassium salts are nausea, vomiting, flatulence, abdominal pain/discomfort, and diarrhea.

There have been reports of hyperkalemia and of upper and lower gastrointestinal conditions including, obstruction, bleeding, ulceration, and perforation.

Skin rash has been reported rarely.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for K-LOR (Potassium Chloride)

© K-LOR Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and K-LOR Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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