Klor-Con

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Klor-Con® (potassium chloride) Extended-release Tablets, USP are a solid oral dosage form of potassium chloride. Each contains 600 mg or 750 mg of potassium chloride equivalent to 8 mEq or 10 mEq of potassium in a wax matrix tablet. This formulation is intended to provide an extended-release of potassium from the matrix to minimize the likelihood of producing high, localized concentrations of potassium within the gastrointestinal tract.

Klor-Con® (potassium chloride) Extended-release Tablets are an electrolyte replenisher. The chemical name is potassium chloride, and the structural formula is KCl. Potassium chloride, USP is a white, granular powder or colorless crystals. It is odorless and has a saline taste. Its solutions are neutral to litmus. It is freely soluble in water and insoluble in alcohol.

Inactive Ingredients: Castor oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose 2910, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 3350, propylene glycol, silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide. Yellow tablets also contain D&C Yellow No. 10 aluminum lake and FD&C Yellow No. 6 aluminum lake. Blue tablets also contain FD&C Blue No. 1 aluminum lake. The tablets are imprinted using a pharmaceutical ink.

What are the possible side effects of potassium chloride?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • confusion, anxiety, feeling like you might pass out;
  • uneven heartbeat;
  • extreme thirst, increased urination;
  • leg discomfort;
  • muscle weakness or limp feeling;
  • numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet, or...

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What are the precautions when taking potassium chloride (Klor-Con)?

Before taking potassium, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: high potassium blood levels, severe kidney disease (e.g., chronic kidney failure, inability to make urine), adrenal gland problems, severe conditions of tissue breakdown (e.g., severe burns, traumatic injury).

Due to rare reports of stomach/intestinal ulcers and bleeding with sustained-release potassium chloride products, the capsules/tablets should be used only in...

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SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach pain/upset, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur. See How to Use for ways to reduce stomach upset. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

For some capsule forms of this medication, an empty capsule shell may appear in your stool. This is harmless.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: difficult/painful swallowing, feeling as if the capsule/tablet is stuck in your throat.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: vomit that looks like coffee grounds, stomach/abdominal pain or swelling, black/tarry stools.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking potassium, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: high potassium blood levels, severe kidney disease (e.g., chronic kidney failure, inability to make urine), adrenal gland problems, severe conditions of tissue breakdown (e.g., severe burns, traumatic injury).

Due to rare reports of stomach/intestinal ulcers and bleeding with sustained-release potassium chloride products, the capsules/tablets should be used only in patients who cannot take liquid or effervescent potassium forms. Patients with blockage/narrowing/slowed movement of the esophagus/stomach/intestines (e.g., diabetic gastroparesis, esophageal compression due to an enlarged heart) are at greater risk for these side effects and should use liquid or effervescent potassium forms.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, certain types of heart disease (e.g., atrioventricular block), stomach ulcers.

Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug.

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Potassium passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Klor-Con Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Cena K, Kaochlor S-F, Kaon-CI, Kaon-CL 10, Kaon-CL 20%, Kay Ciel, KCl-20, K-Dur 10, K-Dur 20, K-Lor, Klor-Con, Klor-Con 10, Klor-Con 8, Klor-Con M10, Klor-Con M15, Klor-Con M20, Klor-Con/25, K-Tab, Micro-K, Micro-K 10, Rum-K

Generic Name: potassium chloride (Pronunciation: poe TASS ee um)

  • What is potassium chloride (Klor-Con)?
  • What are the possible side effects of potassium chloride?
  • What is the most important information I should know about potassium chloride?
  • What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking potassium chloride?
  • How should I take potassium chloride?
  • What happens if I miss a dose?
  • What happens if I overdose?
  • What should I avoid while taking potassium chloride?
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What is potassium chloride (Klor-Con)?

Potassium is a mineral that is found in many foods and is needed for several functions of your body, especially the beating of your heart.

Potassium chloride is used to prevent or to treat low blood levels of potassium (hypokalemia). Potassium levels can be low as a result of a disease or from taking certain medicines, or after a prolonged illness with diarrhea or vomiting.

Potassium chloride may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of potassium chloride?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • confusion, anxiety, feeling like you might pass out;
  • uneven heartbeat;
  • extreme thirst, increased urination;
  • leg discomfort;
  • muscle weakness or limp feeling;
  • numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet, or around your mouth;
  • severe stomach pain, ongoing diarrhea or vomiting;
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools; or
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea or upset stomach;
  • mild or occasional diarrhea;
  • slight tingling in your hands or feet; or
  • appearance of a potassium chloride tablet in your stool.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about potassium chloride?

You should not use this medication if you have kidney failure, Addison's disease, severe burns or other tissue injury, if you are dehydrated, if you take certain diuretics (water pills), or if you have high levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia).

Do not crush, chew, break, or suck on an extended-release tablet or capsule. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking or crushing the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Sucking on a potassium tablet can irritate your mouth or throat.

Take this medication with food or just after a meal.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Your heart rate may also be checked using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG) to measure electrical activity of the heart. This test will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with potassium. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Serious side effects of potassium include uneven heartbeat, muscle weakness or limp feeling, severe stomach pain, and numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or mouth.

Do not stop taking this medication without first talking to your doctor. If you stop taking potassium suddenly, your condition may become worse.

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