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) 205 42
Increase effect of another treatment 43 17
General health 33 4
Stiffness/spasticity 8 0
Treat side effects of another treatment 8 6

Show all 56 reasons taken


  • 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 9
None 68

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Potassium chloride

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

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Potassium chloride

Dosage Patients
20 mEq daily 17
10 mEq daily 16
2.42 mEq daily 3
10 mEq twice daily 3
1.33 mEq daily 2
1.33 mEq twice daily 2
6.7 mEq daily 2
13.4 mEq daily 2
40 mEq daily 2
500 mg daily 2

See all 42 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Potassium chloride

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 23
Doctor's advice 15
Other 12
Did not seem to work 4
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 2
Personal research 1
See all 52 patients who've stopped taking Potassium chloride

Duration

Currently taking Potassium chloride

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Potassium chloride

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 57
Usually 17
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 55
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 49
Not specified 28

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

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

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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