Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before administering potassium chloride injection.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your doctor.
Driving or operating machinery is okay as it typically does not cause dizziness or induce sleep.
Do NOT use potassium chloride injection if:
- You are allergic to potassium chloride or any other containing ingredients;
- You have high potassium levels;
- You have hyperkalemia or renal failure.
Use of potassium chloride during pregnancy or breast feeding has low risk. Though, it should only be administered when clearly needed in pregnant or nursing mothers. Consult your doctor or health care professional before administering potassium chloride.
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. Usual dose for adults and children depend on the patient and condition. It should be administered intravenously with a calibrated infusion device at a slow and controlled rate. It is recommended to not exceed 10 mEQ/hour or 200 mEQ/day if the patients potassium level is greater than 2.5 mEQ/liter.
When using potassium chloride, it is especially important to monitor cardiac function, potassium concentration, and acid-base balance. It should not be infused rapidly in order to avoid potassium intoxication. Do not use other potassium-containing salt substitutes when using potassium chloride. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice confusion, tingling sensations, or severe weakness.
Potassium chloride can have interactions with ACE inhibitors, aldosterone blockers, diuretics, and digoxin. These drugs can also affect potassium levels, so it is important to monitor potassium levels when using these drugs concurrently. Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking and health conditions, such as kidney disease; if before you had a treatment with potassium chloride.
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