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Klor-Con is a medication used to treat and prevent low levels of potassium in the blood. It is a type of mineral supplement that contains potassium chloride, an important electrolyte found in our body. Klor-Con works by replacing potassium in the body when it is lost through illness, medical conditions, or certain medications.
Klor-Con is a medication that contains potassium, an essential mineral that aids in the proper functioning of cells, kidneys, heart, muscles, and nerves. It can be low as a result of a disease or from taking certain medicines, or after a prolonged illness with diarrhea or vomiting.
Uses and Dosage
Klor-Con comes in tablet form and should be taken regularly at the same time every day. To prevent stomach upset, it should be taken with a glass (4 to 8 ounces/120 to 240 milliliters) of cold water or juice as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
The recommended dosage of Klor-Con may vary depending on each patient's specific medical condition and needs. However, the typical adult dose is 40 to 100 mEq by mouth per day, and dosages greater than 40 mEq per day should be divided such that no more than 40 mEq is taken at one time. The recommended adequate intake of potassium (from all sources, including food) in healthy individuals is 4.7 g/day, which is equivalent to 1 to 2 tablets of Klor-Con per day.
Common Side Effects of Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride):
- The appearance of a Klor-Con tablet in your stool
- Stomach pain
Serious Side Effects of Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride):
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- High potassium level - nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement
- Severe throat irritation
- Signs of stomach bleeding - bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Stomach bloating
- Severe vomiting
- Severe stomach pain
Form and Strength
Klor-Con (Potassium Chloride) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Potassium Chloride: ER Tablet
- If you have any allergies, make sure to inform your doctor or pharmacist before taking potassium. Potassium Chloride contains inactive ingredients which may cause allergic reactions or other issues. Consult your pharmacist for more information regarding the details of this product.
- Before using any other potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Excess consumption of potassium can cause serious side effects; hence it is important to talk to a medical professional to determine the appropriate dosage.
- When pregnant, use this medication only if required. Before using it, make sure to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits associated with it. In case you are breast-feeding, potassium can pass into the breast milk, consult a medical professional before breast-feeding.
- Potassium chloride (Klor-Con) could have interactions with some supplements or medications. Inform your pharmacist and doctor about any supplements or medications (whether they are over-the-counter, prescribed, or dietary supplements) that you are currently taking.
- In case of severe vomiting, abdominal pain, distention, or gastrointestinal bleeding, discontinue the use of Klor-Con extended-release tablets immediately. Additionally, consider the possibility of ulceration, obstruction, or perforation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What foods to avoid while taking potassium citrate?
Do not eat salty foods or use extra table salt on your food while you are taking citrates. This will help prevent kidney stones and unwanted effects. Check with your doctor before starting any strenuous physical exercise, especially if you are out of condition and are taking any other medication.
Can Klor-Con interact with other medications?
Yes, Klor-Con can interact with other medications, including ACE inhibitors, diuretics, and other medications that can affect potassium levels in the blood. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking before starting Klor-Con.
Can Klor-Con be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Klor-Con should only be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding if specifically directed by a healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking Klor-Con.
When is the best time of day to take potassium citrate?
It is best to take this medicine with a meal or bedtime snack, or within 30 minutes after meals. Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not break, crush, chew, or suck it. Doing so may cause irritation in the mouth or throat.
It's important to purchase Klor-Con from verified Canadian pharmacy.