Apo-K - General Information:A white crystal or crystalline powder used as an electrolyte replenisher, in the treatment of hypokalemia, in buffer solutions, and in fertilizers and explosives.
Other Brand Names containing Potassium Chloride
Apo-K - Pharmacology:
Supplemental potassium in the form of high potassium food or potassium chloride may be able to restore normal potassium levels.
Apo-K for patients
Physicians should consider reminding the patient of the following:
- To take each dose with meals mixed in water or other suitable liquid.
- To take this medicine following the frequency and amount prescribed by the physician. This is especially important if the patient is also taking diuretics and/or digitalis preparations.
- To inform patients that this product contains as a dispersing agent the stool softener, docusate sodium, which may change stool consistency, or, rarely, produce diarrhea or cramps.
- To check with the physician at once if tarry stools or other evidence of gastrointestinal bleeding is noticed.
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Potassium supplements are contraindicated in patients with hyperkalemia since a further increase in serum potassium concentration in such patients can produce cardiac arrest. Hyperkalemia may complicate any of the following conditions: chronic renal failure, systemic acidosis such as diabetic acidosis, acute dehydration, extensive tissue breakdown as in severe burns, adrenal insufficiency, or the administration of a potassium-sparing diuretic (e.g., spironolactone, triamterene, amiloride).
Controlled-release formulations of potassium chloride have produced esophageal ulceration in certain cardiac patients with esophageal compression due to an enlarged left atrium. Potassium supplementation, when indicated in such patients, should be given as an immediate-release liquid preparation.
All solid oral dosage forms of potassium chloride are contraindicated in any patient in whom there is structural, pathological (e.g., diabetic gastroparesis) or pharmacologic (use of anticholinergic agents or other agents with anticholinergic properties at sufficient doses to exert anticholinergic effects) cause for arrest or delay in tablet or capsule passage through the gastrointestinal tract.
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