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K-Lyte is a prescription medication used to treat and prevent low potassium levels due to poor dietary intake, certain diseases, or other drugs.
K-Lyte contains potassium chloride as an active ingredient. Potassium chloride belongs to a group of drugs called electrolytes, which are compounds that help the body function normally. It works as glucose increases the uptake of sodium and thus water by the intestines, and the potassium chloride and sodium citrate help prevent hypokalemia and acidosis, respectively.
Use and Dosage
K-Lyte Effervescent Orange is a potassium supplement that comes in tablet form. It is usually taken orally as directed by a doctor, up to four times a day to prevent stomach upset. The tablets contain 25mEq of potassium as bicarbonate and citrate and are flavored with blood orange.
Dissolve the prescribed number of tablets in at least 4 ounces (120 milliliters) of cold water or juice per tablet. After the tablets are fully dissolved, sip the liquid slowly over 5 to 10 minutes. If you have an upset stomach, mixing your dose in a larger amount of liquid may help.
Common Side Effects of K Lyte Effervescent Orange (Potassium Chloride):
- Abdominal or stomach pain, cramping, or soreness (continuing)
- Chest or throat pain, especially when swallowing
- Irregular or slow heartbeat
- Numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or lips
- Shortness of breath or difficult breathing
- Stools with signs of blood (red or black color)
- Unexplained anxiety
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Weakness or heaviness of legs
Serious Side Effects of K Lyte Effervescent Orange (Potassium Chloride):
- Stomach pain, discomfort, or gas (mild)
Forms and Strength
K Lyte Effervescent Orange (Potassium Chloride) is available in the following forms and strength:
K Lyte Effervescent Orange: Effervescent Tablet
- 25 meq
- K Lyte is a potassium supplement that should only be taken as directed by a doctor.
- Potassium supplements should not be taken by people with certain medical conditions, including kidney disease, heart disease, and Addison's disease.
- K Lyte may interact with certain medications, such as diuretics, ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers, so inform your doctor of all medications you are taking.
- Elevated levels of potassium in the blood can be dangerous or even life-threatening, so follow your doctor's instructions carefully and notify them if you experience any symptoms such as muscle weakness, tingling or numbness in the extremities, or an irregular heartbeat.
- K Lyte may cause stomach upset, so take the tablets with meals or snacks.
- The risk of hyperkalemia (elevated levels of potassium in the blood), especially in patients with renal impairment or those using potassium-sparing diuretics.
- Potential interactions with other drugs, including ACE inhibitors, some antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- The importance of following dosage instructions carefully, as improper use of potassium supplements can be dangerous.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for potassium chloride to dissolve?
Tablets start disintegrating within a few minutes; however, potassium chloride tablets are released slowly over several hours which reduces the risk of stomach irritation. Potassium chloride is usually taken once daily until potassium levels are within the normal range.
Are K-Lyte Effervescent Orange tablets gluten-free?
Yes, the tablets do not contain gluten.
How are K-Lyte Effervescent Orange tablets ingested?
The effervescent tablets are dissolved in water before being ingested.
What are the available flavors for K-Lyte Effervescent Orange?
At present, only orange flavor is available.
It's important to purchase K Lyte Effervescent Orange from verified Canadian pharmacy.