What is Potassium chloride?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Potassium chloride is an electrolyte supplement used for the treatment or prevention of low potassium levels in the blood stream, known as hypokalemia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Low potassium (hypokalemia) 256 53
Increase effect of another treatment 53 17
General health 36 6
Stiffness/spasticity 8 0
Treat side effects of another treatment 8 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 9
None 84

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Potassium chloride

Side effect Patients Percentage
Stomach pain 2
Chest tightness 1
Lightheadedness 1
Nausea 1
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Potassium chloride

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mEq daily 6
20 mEq daily 3
40 mEq daily 2
1 mEq daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
3 mEq daily 1
10 other daily 1
20 mEq twice daily 1
500 mg daily 1
1080 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Potassium chloride

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 26
Other 16
Doctor's advice 15
Did not seem to work 5
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Potassium chloride

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Potassium chloride

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 70
Usually 20
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 69
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 58
Not specified 35

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Potassium chloride and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Potassium Chloride ER 1
Potassium Gluconate (Kaon) 1
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9 patient evaluations for Potassium chloride

Nov 19, 2020 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for low potassium (hypokalemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mEq Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 3, 2016 (Started Jan 17, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support heart health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mEq Daily
Advice & Tips: Bananas are fine!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 28, 2015 (Started Jan 17, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support heart health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mEq Daily
Advice & Tips: I've had no problems and my doctor agrees everything is fine and I do not have any heart problems.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for low potassium (hypokalemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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