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) 209 44
Increase effect of another treatment 43 17
General health 34 5
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
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 9
None 72

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Potassium chloride

Side effect Patients
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
10 mEq daily 16
20 mEq daily 15
20 mEq twice daily 3
1 mEq daily 2
1.33 mEq daily 2
2.42 mEq daily 2
6.7 mEq daily 2
13.4 mEq daily 2
10 mEq twice daily 2
40 mEq daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Potassium chloride

Multiple reasons could be selected

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
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Potassium chloride

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 60
Usually 18
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 16
Not at all hard to take 58
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 51
Not specified 30

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

Jun 18, 2012 (Started Apr 19, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for low potassium (hypokalemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mEq Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 4, 2010 (Started Dec 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mEq Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 12, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for edema/replacement when taking water pills)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 mEq Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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