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Doctor insights on: Lethal Dose Of Potassium Chloride

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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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How dangerous is potassium chloride injection?

How dangerous is potassium chloride injection?

IV Potassium: IV potassium is painful to veins and dangerous, too. Standard limit is 10-20 meq per hour IV DILUTED IN AT LEAST 100 CC FLUID. If diluted in 1000 cc, 40 meq can be infused over 2-4 hours. IM potassium is never given. Potassium I V can be fatal. ...Read more

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Potassium chloride would go under what care plan?

Potassium chloride would go under what care plan?

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. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

Please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

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. ...Read more

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What could someone be taking potassium chloride for?

KCL: Low blood potassium. Need to find cause of low K as it can kill. I specialize in this and avaiable for next 3 hours to help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: potassium chloride?

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. ...Read more

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What amount potassium chloride is fatal?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in biological term on what is the effect of potassium chloride on human body?

Can you tell me in biological term on what is the effect of potassium chloride on human body?

KCL: Will increase low body K which can kill you. Take too much and it will kill you from high body K. I would go to wikipedia and review potassium metabolism. ...Read more

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Should I take potassium chloride or potassium gluconate?

Should I take potassium chloride or potassium gluconate?

Depends.: If you have low potassium usually people take Potassium Chloride but most people tolerate either. Should be discussed with your doctor as to why he/she chose one over the other. ...Read more

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What will happen if potassium chloride is injected into human blood?

What will happen if potassium chloride is injected into human blood?

Potassium injection: Injecting potassium intravenously is dangerous and, depending on the amount of potassium given that way, can cause a cardiac arrest leading to death. Do not do so. ...Read more

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How long till potassium chloride supplements get out of your system?

Kcl: With normal kidney function and taking no other potassium retaining medications, a dose of potassium chloride would dissipate within 12 -24 hours. Drinking adequate fluids help excrete it. ...Read more

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How much of potassium chloride do you need to inject for hyperkalemia to occur?

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How quickly is the powdered form of Potassium Chloride 25mEq absorbed into the body? How long does it take to raise blood level of K?

KCL powder: KCL powder dissolved in more than 4 OZ of water or juice usually have rapid onset of action, and it is recommended to be taken after a meal.
K supplements should be taken with doctor supervision and recommendations as high K level is also serious to health as low K levels ...Read more

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When we eat a banana is the potassium absorbed straight away? Or does it release it through the day? How does it work? Potassium chloride faster absb?

It depends: It depends on our body's individual response. Oral Potassium Chloride will be absorbed over 1-2 hours and banana may take upto 4 hours. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for potassium chloride to stop the heart?

Depends: Depends on the dose, the route of administration, and the rate of administration. During executions, it seems to take 15-30 minutes as best as I can determine it (I've never witnessed one I'm glad to say). That time frame would make sense to me. Theoretically, if you injected a massive amt of potassium directly into the heart, death might occur instantly. ...Read more

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Potassium phosphate vs potassium chloride, how effective is one over the other?

What R we treating?: If you want to treat low potassium level, PO potassium Chloride is more effective since it simply has more meq of potassium in each pill (over 10 times the amount of potassium in PO potassium Phosphate). PO Potassium phosphate is mainly for treatment of low phosphorus level! ...Read more

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My potassium level is low, dr started me on potassium chloride, but I take lisinipril htc. Is this ok?

Yes: The low potassium is due to the diuretic in your medicine (the htc). This diuretic works toward the end of the kidney tubule and increases the loss of potassium. It is important to take the potassium chloride and have the blood level checked to be sure of improvement. Very low potassium levels can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Why is there an edema when you have Cardiomyopathy? I was given a diuretics. Now why do you think is it that I was given a potassium chloride?

Why is there an edema when you have Cardiomyopathy? I was given a diuretics. Now why do you think is it that I was given a potassium chloride?

Poor heart function: If the heart is weak, then it does not pump forward well, and fluid backs up in places - ankles/feet; lungs; belly. Diuretics help drive excess fluid and salt out of the system. Often diurectics also drive potassium out in the urine - hence extra potassium is needed to be taken in. ...Read more

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Which electrode works better potassium chloride or silver chloride for ecg?

Which electrode works better potassium chloride or silver chloride for ecg?

Sodium chloride: Nacl sodium chloride commonly known as table salt is an electrical conductor that I have used to assess impulses for an ecg. ...Read more

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How can potassium chloride decrease heart rate?

How can potassium chloride decrease heart rate?

Potassium: Potassium is a crucial electrolyte for cardiac depolarization. Most of the potassium is intracellular. If the extracellular potassium increases it can slow the depolarization rate, severe hyperkalemia can kill reliably. ...Read more

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What is the difference between potassium chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)?

What is the difference between potassium chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)?

Different molecule: Both Potassium Chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) are used as potassium supplements with the only difference being the part of molecule (the anion) attached to the potassium. The bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) portion of the molecule acts differently than chloride and is responsible for the fizzing in soday. It is for this reason that potassium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) can be used as an aantacid. ...Read more

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Noticed the daily can of low sodium V-8 is spiked with potassium chloride. Since I’m on lisinopril, is this wise?

Spiked with potas: Likely this is not a great idea, often low sodium foods will change sodium for potassium. Check with your doctor who may order blood tests and switch to something other than V8 daily
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Would eating a gram of potassium chloride lower blood pressure, and eating a gram of salt raise it? Is there a certain ratio you should have?

Would eating a gram of potassium chloride lower blood pressure, and eating a gram of salt raise it? Is there a certain ratio you should have?

Somewhat unrelated: Though extra salt (or sodium) in your diet can definitely contribute to increasing blood pressure (especially in the long run), the extra potassium would not affect your blood pressure, neither increasing nor decreasing it. Thus, there is no ratio needed. ...Read more

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A low sodium salt has contents: 66.6%potassium chloride, 33.3%sodium chloride. Should I be concerned on its high potassium or good replacement for salt?

A low sodium salt has contents: 66.6%potassium chloride, 33.3%sodium chloride. Should I be concerned on its high potassium or good replacement for salt?

Use caution.: Salt intake and salt replacements are getting a lot of press lately. Sodium load in a diet is getting out of control due to practices of our food industry and taste requirements. People look at the alternatives and Potaccium is one of them. A usual replacement shows that the ratio of NaCL/KCl should be 60/40. So your salt may be showing an unusual ratio. But be aware that it is quantity not ratio. ...Read more

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