Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets

Last updated on RxList: 4/14/2021
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What Are Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets?

Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets is an electrolyte replenisher used to treat low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia). Potassium Chloride Extended Release is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets?

Dosage for Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets

Common side effects of potassium chloride are:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • gas,
  • abdominal pain or discomfort, and
  • diarrhea.

Serious side effects of potassium chloride include:

Dosage for Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets

The recommended dosage of potassium chloride is 50 to 100mEq per day taken with meals and a full glass of water. Potassium-sparing diuretics and ACE inhibitors can interact with potassium chloride. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. Do not crush, chew, or suck on the extended release tablets. Potassium chloride tablets should only be taken if you cannot take liquid or effervescent forms of potassium to avoid getting gastric lesions.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets?

Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Talk to your doctor about taking potassium chloride if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets 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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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 Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets (Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets)

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SIDE EFFECTS

One of the most severe adverse effects is hyperkalemia (see CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, and OVERDOSAGE). There have also been reports of upper and lower gastrointestinal conditions including obstruction, bleeding, ulceration, and perforation (see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS). The most common adverse reactions to oral potassium salts are nausea, vomiting, flatulence, abdominal pain/discomfort, and diarrhea. These symptoms are due to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and are best managed by diluting the preparation further, taking the dose with meals or reducing the amount taken at one time.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets (Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets)

© Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Potassium Chloride Extended Release Tablets Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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