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Klor-Con

(Potassium Chloride)

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Oral solution
  • Liquid
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Raises potassium levels.

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Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride) works well to replace potassium that's low because of certain medications or conditions. Extended-release formulas are easier to put up with.

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  • Potassium chloride causes nausea, vomiting, gas, belly pain, and diarrhea. Taking the extended release formulas or smaller doses with food will help.
  • You'll need to have your blood potassium levels checked on a regular basis while taking Potassium chloride.
  • If you're older or have kidney disease your doctor will watch you more carefully while you take Potassium chloride.
  • If Potassium chloride builds up in your body, it can cause heart problems that you might not feel until they're serious.

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Side effects for Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride)

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  • Abdominal pain

What to expect when you take Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take each dose with a meal and full glass of water or other liquid.
  • Doses more than 20mEq should be split up and given twice a day.
  • You can also take a lower dose of Potassium chloride and eat extra foods that are high in potassium. Ask your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if the tablets get stuck in your throat or you have trouble swallowing them. There may be other dosage forms you can try that work better for you.
  • Don't chew, crush or suck on the tablets, swallow them whole. The tablets can also be split in half (on the line), then that piece swallowed whole.
  • Even though the active medicine is completely absorbed, the empty shell capsule/tablet may not be and could show up in your stool. Don't be alarmed.
  • If using powder, you'll need to completely mix and dissolve one packet of in a minimum of 4-5 ounces of water or other liquid.
  • Some capsules can be opened and the medicine sprinkled onto soft food (applesauce, yogurt), then swallowed without chewing.

Risks and Warnings for Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Dose of Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride) is too high
    • Dehydration
    • Heart problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Taking with medicines that increase potassium

    High levels of potassium in your body can cause muscle weakness/paralysis and serious heartbeat problems (loss of signal between upper and lower parts of the heart that result in lost beats, fast, abnormal heart beats in the ventricle and complete loss of heartbeat). Don't take Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride) with medicines that increase potassium (ACE inhibitors, potassium-sparing fluid pills, salt substitutes, etc.). Your doctor may order blood tests to check your potassium levels if you have a condition that could increase this risk.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride)

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Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Potassium chloride causes nausea, vomiting, gas, belly pain, and diarrhea. Taking the extended release formulas or smaller doses with food will help.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take each dose with a meal and full glass of water or other liquid.
  • You can also take a lower dose of Potassium chloride and eat extra foods that are high in potassium. Ask your doctor.
  • Some capsules can be opened and the medicine sprinkled onto soft food (applesauce, yogurt), then swallowed without chewing.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • If you're older or have kidney disease your doctor will watch you more carefully while you take Potassium chloride.