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Potassium Chloride

Drug Name: Potassium Chloride

Drug ID: 161

Nutritional Considerations

  • Excess potassium can be very harmful. While using potassium chloride, it is important to discuss dietary potassium intake, such as with salt substitutes with your physician to avoid potential toxicity.

    1. Graedon J, Graedon T: The People’s Guide to Deadly Drug Interactions, 1995, p. 298.
    2. Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
  • Potassium chloride may contribute to a deficiency in vitamin B12. Supplementation may be beneficial. For optimal benefit, a B-Complex is recommended.

    1. Palva IP, Salokannel, SJ, Timonen T, et al: Drug induced malabsorption of vitamin B12 - IV - malabsorption and deficiency of B12 during treatment with slow-release potassium chloride, Acta Med Scand, 1972, 191(4):355-7.
    2. Salokannel SJ, Palva IP, Takkunen JT, et al: Malabsorption of vitamin B12 during treatment with slow-release potassium chloride - preliminary report, Acta Med Scand, 1970, 187(5):431-4.

Herbal Considerations

  • Some herbs possess cardiac properties that may increase the risk of cardiac side effects. These herbs include: black hellebore, calamus, cereus, cola, coltsfoot, devil's claw, European mistletoe, fenugreek, fumitory, digitalis leaf, hedge mustard, figwort, lily of the valley roots, motherwort, pleurisy root, squill bulb leaf scales, white horehound, mate, scotch broom flower, shepherd's purse, and wild carrot

    1. Brinker, Francis: Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
    2. Physicians Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
    3. Facts and Comparisons, Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000

NDC Codes

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