What is Potassium chloride?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Klor-Con M20 Klor-Con Klor-Con M10 Show all

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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) 185 34
Increase effect of another treatment 42 17
General health 34 5
Stiffness/Spasticity 8 0
Treat side effects of another treatment 8 6
Doctor recommendation 4 3

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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
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 12
None 58

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Potassium chloride

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 2
Alternating constipation and diarrhea 1
Chest tightness 1
Diarrhea 1
Lightheadedness 1
Nausea 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Potassium chloride

Dosage Patients
10 mEq daily 10
20 mEq daily 9
8 mEq daily 2
10 mEq twice daily 2
40 mEq daily 2
500 mg daily 2
10mEq as needed 2
1 mcg daily 1
1 mEq daily 1
1 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Potassium chloride

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 22
Doctor's advice 15
Other 11
Did not seem to work 4
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Potassium chloride

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Potassium chloride

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 52
Usually 15
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 51
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 43
Not specified 27

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Potassium chloride and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Potassium Gluconate 1
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8 patient evaluations for Potassium chloride

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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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

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jmartell
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jmartell
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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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
ProfGumbySan
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ProfGumbySan
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Oct 23, 2015 (Started Nov 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Low potassium (hypokalemia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mEq Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 14, 2015 (Started Nov 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Low potassium (hypokalemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mEq Daily
Advice & Tips: Always eat something after taking KCl, tummy ache otherwise.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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