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Doctor insights on: Potassium Chloride Salt Substitute Side Effects

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Is salt restriction really necessary for hypertension? Is there any side effect of salt substitute (potassium chloride) that I should be aware of?

Is salt restriction really necessary for hypertension? Is there any side effect of salt substitute (potassium chloride) that I should be aware of?

Potassium and HBP: In the absence of chronic kidney disease, potassium ingestion has a beneficial effect on blood pressure. A review article showed that increased potassium intake is potentially beneficial to most people without impaired renal handling of potassium for the prevention and control of elevated blood pressure and stroke. Here is the link: http://www. Bmj. Com/content/346/bmj. F1378. Speak to your physician. ...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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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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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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Can these cause any issues with hearing :potassium chloride, disodium phosphate dodecahydrate and sodium dihydrophosphate dihydrate?

Can these cause any issues with hearing :potassium chloride, disodium phosphate dodecahydrate and sodium dihydrophosphate dihydrate?

Hearing: It is unlikely that any hearing loss is related to the items you list.
Hearing tests are essential - I have had them and am wearing hearing aids.
Many big stores offer hearing tests at no cost. In my area it is Costco or Sam's Club. There should be something like this all over the USA. ...Read more

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Could a runner running in the heat who was drinking a sport drink with only potassium chloride and carbohydrates (no sodium at all) get hyponatremia?

Could a runner running in the heat who was drinking a sport drink with only potassium chloride and carbohydrates (no sodium at all) get hyponatremia?

Yes.: Any drink that doesn't taste like the ocean is mostly water, regardless of whether it contains sodium or not. Long distance runners can be susceptible to hyponatremia, and risk factors include long distances (marathons, ultra-marathons), women, low body weight, inadequate training, and water loading before and during the race, especially if more weight is gained by water than lost by sweat. ...Read more

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Twitching all over body, skip beats while resting on side (they come together not followed) I take magnesium oxide and potassium chloride but nothing?

Twitching all over body, skip beats while resting on side (they come together not followed) I take magnesium oxide and potassium chloride but nothing?

Many causes possible: You have made an assumption that magnesium and potassium are sufficiently low to be the causes of twitching. However, there are many other causes for muscles to twitch- many of which are more common than electrolyte disturbances that should be checked. Would you like a virtual consultation? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR to make a calendar appointment. ...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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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?

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?

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?

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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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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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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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

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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