potassium chloride extended-release tablet - oral, K-Dur, Klor-Con M (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.To prevent stomach upset, take each dose with a meal and a full glass (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) of water or other liquid unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication. Do not take this medication on an empty stomach. Dividing your dose so that you can take smaller doses (2 to 4 times a day) may also reduce stomach upset. Consult your pharmacist for help with properly dividing your dose. Do not take more than 20 milliequivalents in a single dose.Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush, chew, or suck on the tablets. Doing so may cause side effects.If you have difficulty swallowing whole tablets, you may break the tablet in half and take each half separately, drinking a glass of water after each half-tablet. Take your entire dose within a few minutes. You may also dissolve the whole tablet in half a glass (4 ounces or 120 milliliters) of water. Allow about 2 minutes for the tablet to dissolve, then stir the mixture for 30 seconds and drink all of it immediately. Use a straw if desired. Add 1 more ounce (30 milliliters) of water to the glass, swirl, and drink immediately. Repeat one more time to make sure you are getting all of the drug. Do not save the mixture for future use. Do not use a liquid other than water for mixing this drug.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor may order blood tests (potassium levels) to find the right dose for you.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. Too much potassium in the blood can cause serious side effects.Tell your doctor if symptoms of low potassium blood levels (such as muscle weakness, tiredness, irregular heartbeat) persist or worsen.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain/discomfort, and diarrhea may occur. See How to Use section for ways to reduce stomach upset. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: difficult/painful swallowing, feeling as if the tablet is stuck in your throat.This drug may rarely cause serious stomach or intestinal problems (such as bleeding, blockage, puncture). Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: black/bloody stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dizziness, constipation, abdominal swelling.This medication may cause high potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: muscle cramps/weakness, severe dizziness, confusion, tingling hands/feet, slow/irregular heartbeat, unusually cold skin.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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