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Could I be taking too much potassium?

I was at work one day and my blood pressure dropped to 75/43 so I went to the hospital because I'm normally very healthy and I didn't feel right. So the doctor ran tests and said I have low potassium but didn't say how low just gave me a prescription to take one pill a day of potassium chloride 10meq for 14 days. But somebody was telling me that you can take too much potassium and it could be deadly. What I'm asking is do you think the dr prescribed the right amount for me? And should I follow up with a dr? Sorry my anxiety is getting the best of me just wanna ease my mind a little ## Levels of either too high and too low of potassium can both be fatal (that's why the MD gave you potassium chloride tabs to take). So, yes, you can take too much but if you were already...

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pot cl micro tab

what is this medicine and its uses ## Potassium Chloride is a nutritional supplement, used to treat or help prevent a deficiency in this vital nutrient. A lack of it can cause health complications, such as muscle cramps and other illnesses. Read more: Do you have any other questions? ## Can I take potassium cl micro if the fill-date was 8/16/2016?

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Knot-con choke

I choked on a pill this morning. I couldnt breathe in or out. I gave my self the hiemlich. First on our counter & then over my couch. Scared the crap outta my daughter & my dog. Since I love avocados, I was wondering if I could eat a bunch of those instead. ## You can try it, to see if it helps, as long as your doctor approves. Orange juice and oranges also contain a lot of potassium, according to the FDA and it seems they might be a lot safer for you. Potatoes can also be a great source. How low was your potassium? Are you on any other medications? ## yes, im on other medications. furosemide, spironolactone, a gerd medication & lactulose because im on a liver transplant list. im kind of limbo right now. my meld score is between 10 & 14

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potassium chloride 5 mg equivalent

How much mEq would equal 5 mg of potassium? There was a problem with my 12 year old's rx from the dr. He is on it to prevent kidney stones and cant pick it up till like June. I was wondering until then what do i do with the mEq over the counter?

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Just started on this new drug

I just started this new drug 5 days ago and will try and let everyone know how I do along the way. I have stage 3 ckd with my number of potassium at 5.5. I had been taking Kiotex and it wasn't solving my problem, so my doctor decided to put me on this. Seeing that I am the first one on this forum bothers me....but hoping others will start to respond and we can track each other's progress with this new drug.

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what is it taken for ## Potassium Chloride is a nutritional supplement given to someone to treat, or prevent low potassium levels. Low levels of this vital nutrient can contribute to, or cause some severe health issues. Learn more: Is there anything else I can help with? ## Good evening, What is "Pot Chlor" - Erklorcon 10Mg ; Side effect? Does it have anything to do with urine coloration.

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potassium 20 meq tab where to purchase

I am currently prescibed klor-con m20 potassium supplements. I pay 100 dollars for 100 tablets. Is there any where I could find them less expensively. I have to take 3 a day ## Hello, Diane! How are you? The best suggestion I can make is to check with the various pharmacies in your area to compare prices. It seems this is one that's become somewhat expensive everywhere. Will your insurance cover it? Does anyone else have any ideas? This medication can cause stomach irritation, so it is best to take it with food. ## I ran out of my klor con m20 potassium tablets, is there any over the counter potassium tablets I can take in place of this? ## There are a couple kinds of dissolvable potassium available (by prescription). One is a powder in sealed packets and one is an effervescent tabl...

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Low potassium level ended up in emergency room

The emergency room dr prescribed me 20 of klor-con 20mg cause my potassium level was very low and i couldnt talk or move my body and my blood pressure was 160/100 and my pulse at 100 and i was tingling and numbness all over my body i couldnt even walk like i was paralized ## Hello, Tammy! How are you? I am so very sorry about what happened to you. Low potassium levels can be very dangerous and can cause many health issues, having levels that are too high can also be very dangerous. Potassium is something that must remain balanced between specific levels. In my case, my body does not store potassium, though we've never been able to figure out why, thus to keep mine up, my cardiologist has had to double up medications that can elevate my potassium levels. For most people, that could c...

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can i take klor con powder 20 meq past its recent exp date

Is Klor-con powder 20 mEq still safe to use past the expiration date? The date today is 1/22/17 and the date on the package is 9/16. ## Hello, Ginger! How are you? For maximum efficacy, it would be best to dispose of it and see your doctor for a new prescription. The FDA warns that this medication can be very harsh on the stomach, so it should always be taken with food. Is there anything else I can help with?

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Why no laying down after taking 20 Meq ER kcl potassium

Just wondering why I can't lay down for 30 min after taking potassium? Never had any warnings on my prescription in 7 years but is on the one i picked up today. ## Hello, Penny! How are you doing? It is due to the fact that this medication could cause excess stomach acid, if you lay down within 30 minutes of taking it, it could result in severe reflux, which may result in damage to your esophagus, according to NIH reports. It's harshness is also the reason you should always take it with food. Is there anything else I can help with?

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k-dur potassium 20meq substitution

Can k-dur potassium tablets be substituted with potassium (k) 20meq made by Chloe? ## Yes, they are both just potassium supplements in the same dosage, the only difference is that they've been manufactured by different companies. The FDA warns that it can be very harsh on the stomach, so it should be taken with food. Are you on any other medications?

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Pot Chloride

## I had been taking POTASSIUM CL CAP 10MEQ ER. CVS Caremark recently re-filled the order and switched to POT CHLORIDE CAP 10 MEQ ER. They said it was less expensive and just as effective. I was not advised until after the switch was made. My question is what is the difference is these two Rxs? Thank you. ## There is no difference, just like they told you, it is exactly the same, the only change is they are made by different manufacturers. Is there anything else I can help you with? ## i was taking POT-chloride 10 Meg now my DOc change me to KLOR-con M20 whats the difference ## i take potassium and feel sick mostof the time what causes this ## Is there an equivalent OTC pill form medication for Klerk-con 10meq?

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How long for Span K to increase potassium levels ?

Hi, I've been diagnosed with low potaasium levels and have some of the not so nice side effects as in heart palpitations aching fingers and arm muscles and numbness tingling etc. how long does it take for this drug to raise your levels. My right hand is still driving me nuts. So uncomfortable :-(

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Klor-Con vs Foods high in potassium

How much natural food that is high in potassium would i have to eat daily to equal the amount of 1 Klor-Con M10 ER 10MEQ tablet? ## You really couldn't eat that much of any of them. If your potassium was low enough for your doctor to prescribe this, you should take it, as directed, at least until you reach more normal levels. After that, using high potassium foods, such as oranges, orange juice, and potatoes can help keep it at a normal level. The FDA warns that Klor-Con can be very harsh on the stomach, so it should be taken with food, or a snack. Are you on any other medications?

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why combine hydrochlorot with klor-con?

I HAD TO SEE MY DOC FOR A PRE-OP . AFTER THE EXAM, HE SAID MY PRESSURE WAS TOO HIGH (160/80). I FEEL GREAT AND ALL ELSE WAS WONDERFUL. TO ENSURE THAT THE UPCOMING PROCEDURE IS NOT DENIED, HE GAVE ME PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HYDROCHLOROT AND KLOR-CON. WHEN ASKED WHY, HE SAID TO LOWER THE BP. I DO NOT LIKE TAKING ANY? THING EXCEPT VITAMINS AND FEEL GREAT. WHY THE 2 MEDICATIONS AND WHY GIVE THEM PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE. ## Hello, Lucee! How are you? As your doctor said, they may refuse to do the procedure, if your blood pressure is too high and they feel you may not be stable. Thus, it is best to take the medications, as prescribed. They Hydochlorothiazide is a diuretic that removes excess fluid from the body to help lower blood pressure and the Klor-Con is a potassium supplement that is often giv...

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Why am I having to take Potasdium cl er 10 meq pre surgery?

I'm having my cervix removed on Friday and I've been directed to take this med 3 times/day for two days prior. Why? I'd already been taking potassium supplements every day to stop restless legs. ## Hello, Linda! How are you? Your potassium might have still been a little low, so you should follow the instructions that you've been provided. It can be very harsh on the stomach, so the FDA warns that it should be taken with food and not on an empty stomach. Is there anything else I can help with?

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Prescription vs otc liquid potassium

My doctor prescribes potassium cl tb 20meq sr mc. The doctor suggests that because of a problem in my esopog. I should use liquid. If I buy from a health food store what is the equivalent? ## Hello, Darr! How are you? There is no over the counter equivalent for the prescription dosages. However, your doctor can prescribe it for you, it is available via prescription and most pharmacies should have it in stock, or be able to order it for you. The FDA warns that oral potassium can be very harsh on the stomach, so it should be taken with food. Is there anything else I can help with?

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difference between potassium chloride 20 meq and cl er

My Doctor has changed me from potassium chloride 20MEQ SR MC to 2 potassium chloride ER 10MEQ ## Hello, Pamela! How are you? They are both the same, a potassium supplement in a time released formulation. The FDA warns that it can be very harsh on the stomach, so it should be taken with food. Did your doctor give any reason for the change? ## Yes my blood test showed my eGFR was 46 and 39 and my Creatinine is 1.39. I am going in for a kidney Renal with bladder test. Also Basic Metabolic Panel. Thank you for answering. Pamela

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20 MEQ of potassium

Hi I have been on 20 meq 3 times a day for a week. My potassium levels were at 2.2 at the time the doctor prescribed them for me. I am on 20 mg of lasix a day for kidney issues. I am going back to doc next week for more blood work. Do you think my levels will be increased greatly? ## They should improve over the week, but there's no way to say how much. I've generally found them to work very fast, though. The FDA warns that they can be very hard on the stomach, so they should be taken with food. As to the low potassium levels, Lasix has been known to cause that, so you might want to ask your doctor about switching to a potassium sparing diuretic. Is there anything else I can help with?

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Klor-con M20 reaction time

How soon after starting Klor-con m20 3 times daily will my level increase for a blood test? I am to have surgery in 5 days and right now it is low. ## Hello, Carol! How are you? I hope your surgery goes well. It usually starts to raise within a few days. I've had to take it, before, because for some reason my body doesn't store potassium and they were able to see a difference after just a few days, when I was in the hospital and checked frequently. The FDA does warn that it can be very harsh on the stomach, so it should be taken with food. Is there anything else I can help with?

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