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please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Potassium Chloride: A supplement for people who do not have enough potassium in the body. This is caused by either taking drugs such as diuretics (water pills) or from certain diseases.
Dr. Alok Agrawal
Nephrology and Dialysis 34 years experience
Compound: A chemical compound composed of potassium and chloride. Medically used to replace potassium when the blood levels re low. Given by mouth or intra venous.

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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: potassium chloride?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Potassium salt: Potassium chloride is medication that is often given to replace lost potassium. Potassium is a critical ingredient in the function of cells especially in the contraction of muscles including the heart.
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Potassium chloride would go under what care plan?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Potassium chloride: Patients would take Potassium Chloride (kcl) as a supplement to elevate low levels of potassium (k). It is also important to check the level of magnesium (m) of the person taking kcl as well. Patients with low m levels will not increase their k levels until m levels are normal.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is potassium chloride and is it lethal?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Essential mineral: Potassium (k) is an element, it is actually a metal and forms salts easily, much like sodium. Potassium is essential to the function of muscle and nerves via a biologic system of electrical potentials. When the k level outside the cell is too high your heart stops, when the k level is too low muscles freeze up. K levels are controlled by the kidneys, high k levels are frequent in renal failure.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What to do if kaon-cl (potassium chloride) 20% meq q.d?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Potassium chloride: You need to rephrase your question so that people on Healthtap can know what it is you are asking. The dose of potassium chloride is 20 mEq, not 20%mEq. Please resubmit a better question for a meaningful answer.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What amount potassium chloride is fatal?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Potassium chloride: Potassium chloride can be safe or can be fatal, depending upon amount given or taken in a specified amount of time. If potassium deficit exists, then the body handles a large amount. If kidney failure exists, then the body cannot manage even a smaller dose. Usual diet is 3000-5000 grams of potassium per day.

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