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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Potassium Chloride Potassium Gluconate Supplements

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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

Dr. Randy Baker
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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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How long till potassium chloride supplements get out of your system?

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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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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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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What is the difference in potassium gluconate, chloride, citrate?

What is the difference in potassium gluconate, chloride, citrate?

Chemical question: Potassium gluconate and chloride are used to treat hypokalemia. Citrate uses a differnt salt. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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Potassium citrate and potassium chloride. Which is better for summer heat?

Gatorade: Spend a few dollars andbuy gatorade. It is a perfect liquid for this purpose. Don't use home remedies as they can be harmful. ...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 much of potassium chloride do you need to inject for hyperkalemia to occur?

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

Worrisome question: If you're planning this, I hope you will consider discussing your plans with someone who can help you through your troubles. Suicide is a long term answer to short term problems. Please seek help. There are always solutions - perhaps some you haven't considered. Consider a crisis hotline, friend, teacher, parent, sibling, or hospital er. ...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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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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Hi docs, do you think it's bad to take potassium chloride with potassium citrate?

Not enough info: Why are you taking potassium supplements in the first place? If there is not a medical reason, potassium can cause major and even life-threatening side-effects. ...Read more

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If a patient has hypernatremia, renal and hepatic dysfunction then is it useful to add potassium chloride to the person's normal saline IV?

Maybe.: Tough question in a 91 year old. There may be a reason for this but I suspect it is more related to the levels of potassium and or the acid base balance or medications or other therapies rather than to the sodium level. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have a maintenance of METOPROLOL, CLONAZEPAM, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, and SILYMARIN. Are these nephrotoxic? Will these damage my kidneys?

There are always: Individual differences, particularly in herbal medications, but none of these medications or herbs are known to be particularly toxic to kidneys. Potassum chloride is usually not necessary unless you are on a diuretic. If your blood tests show a low potassium level, your doctor should be looking for a cause and doing additional tests and not just giving you potassium. I ...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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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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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

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


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