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Dr. Robert Benz
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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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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


Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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What is the difference between potassium gluconate and chloride and which is better?

What is the difference between potassium gluconate and chloride and which is better?

Potassium supplement: Both are potassium supplements that are usually given for low potassium levels in blood. I suspect the differences are in dosage an tolerability. Potassium chloride delivers a much larger dose but has problems with gastrointestinal side effects. Gluconate formulations are common in over the counter formulations. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
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What is the difference between potassium gluconate and chloride and which is better to take as an OTC supplement if one has repeated low potassium levels?

What is the difference between potassium gluconate and chloride and which is better to take as an OTC supplement if one has repeated low potassium levels?

Weak repletion, both: If you have repeated low levels, you need prescription strength and doctors supervision. If you overuse them, being weak doses, you may overdo it. Potassium problems can cause heart rhythm problems and possibly death. Prescription generic potassium should be cheaper than otc one on mg to mg basis. This said, a gram of potassium gluconate has less potassium than a gram of potassium chloride. ...Read more

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Dr. Alok Agrawal
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Please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

Please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Alok Agrawal
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What is the definition or description of: potassium chloride?

See below: It is a chemical compound which has potassium and chloride in it- medically used to replace potassium either by mouth or intra venously. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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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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Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
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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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Dr. James Cain
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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

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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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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Potassium Chloride (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Chloride (Definition)

Chloride is a negatively charged ion of chlorine found in cells and serum. Chloride is the main ion which balances out the positively charged ions ...Read more


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