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

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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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