K-Dur and/or Equivalents
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|K-Dur 20MEQ and/or Equivalents||Jamp-Potassium K-20, Potassium K-20|
K-Dur (Potassium Chloride SA)
K-Dur is the brand name of a mineral supplement used for treating or preventing low blood levels of potassium. Sufficient blood levels of potassium are necessary for your kidneys, muscles, heart, nerves and cells to work properly. Sometimes, eating a well balanced diet is more than sufficient for healthy levels of potassium in the blood. However, certain diuretics or water pills, vomiting, severe diarrhea and other medical conditions or a poor diet can make your body lose large quantities of potassium at a rapid rate. Dietary intake of potassium cannot replace this lost mineral.
Conditions Treated by K-Dur
Oral K-Dur is prescribed for treating or preventing low levels of potassium in the blood. It helps to maintain electrophysiological balance, isotonicity and acid base balance throughout the body tissues. It is also necessary for carbohydrate metabolism, normal renal function and for nerve impulse transmission. It is crucial for contraction of smooth, skeletal and cardiac muscles.
K-Dur Dosage Information
a.) Typical dosage recommendations
This is an extended release oral pill that has to be taken by mouth accompanied by an 8oz glass of water and a meal. Taking this medication on an empty stomach without any water can cause a stomach upset. Sit up or walk around for 10 minutes after taking K-Dur but do not lie down during these 10 minutes. Taking one pill (an entire dosage) at a time can result in stomach upsets. So you can divide the recommended dose into two or four smaller doses to be taken two or four times a day. This may help with your stomach problems. Ask your pharmacist to divide the doses properly. A single dose should not contain more than 20 milliequivalents. You also need to swallow down this pill as whole. Sucking on the tablet, chewing it or consuming it after crushing the tablet can result in side effects. If you cannot swallow a whole tablet at once, split the tablet into two halves, and take each half after another with water. You may even take the tablet by dissolving it in water. Let this mixture sit for a couple of minutes, before stirring it. And then, drink it up at one go. Then fill the glass with another 1oz of water, swirl the water around and drink it instantly. You can use only water for dissolving this drug, stay away from other fluids. Throw out any mixture that you have not consumed.
b.) Missing a dose
When you miss a dose, take it when you remember. However, if it is time to take the next dose, take the medicine at the usual schedule and simply skip the missed dosage. Do not take two doses at once to make up for missed dose.
If you suspect an overdose, contact your provincial poison control centre or local ER immediately. Some of the symptoms of potassium overdose are heart attack, unusually cold skin, irregular or slow heart beat, tingling of feet and hands, confusion, severe dizziness, weakness and muscle cramps.
You should not share this medication with others and you should keep it out of the reach of children and pets. Your doctor may recommend periodic medicial tests or lab tests to check for side effects or to monitor your progress. These are kidney function tests, potassium blood levels and so on. Your doctor and dietician will ask you to consume a well balanced diet. Some food items which are high in potassium are milk, beef, ham, turkey, chicken, fish, lentils, yams, potatoes, spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, beans, apricots, avocados, prunes, dates, raisins, cantaloupe, watermelon, citrus fruits and bananas. This is a pregnancy risk category C drug.
K-Dur Side Effects
Common side effects are:
- Upset Stomach
- Abdominal discomfort
- Abdominal pain
Serious side effects are unlikely but if the above mentioned symptoms persist or worsen, you should contact your health care provider immediately. It was easy for the table to get stuck in your throat which can cause pain in the throat, pain during swalling or breathlessness. Seek medical help immediately under such circumstances. Serious intestinal problems like pucture, blockage or bleeding is rare. But if you experience any of the following serious but rare side effects, stop taking this pill and contact your physician.
- Abdominal swelling
- Severe abdominal or stomach pain
- Vomit resembling coffee grounds
- Bloody or black stools
K-Dur can result in hyperkalemia or high potassium levels in your blood. Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Unusually cold skin
- Irregular or slow heart beat
- Tingling feet
- Tingling hands
- Severe dizziness
- Muscle cramps
Some of the rarer side effects of K-Dur are:
- Rupture in the wall of intestine or stomach
- Intestinal or stomach bleeding
- Red blood in bowel movement
- Intestinal or stomach bloackage
- Intestinal or stomach irritation
- Duodenal ulcer
- Stomach ulcer
- Throat pain
Serious allergic reactions are highly uncommon. Even then you should seek immediate medical intervention if you experience any of the following
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe dizziness
- Swelling or itching of the throat or tongue or face
K-Dur Drug Interactions
Taking K-Dur along with the following medications can cause moderate health risk
- Potassium preparations or ACE inhibitors
- Drospirenone or potassium supplement
- Inhaled anticholinergics or solid oral potassium capsules
- ARBs-Vlasartan, losartan
- Potassium sparing diuretics or water pills
- Salt substitutes
- Bladder control drugs
- Belladonna alkaloids
- Certain kinds of anti Parkinson’s drugs
- Antispasmodic drugs
- Certain types of antihistamines
Serious interactions that may cause harmful side effects:
- Solid oral potassium
- Potassium sparing diuretics
- Potassium preparations
This is not a complete list of all drug interactions. Before taking these medicines or any other medicine, consult your pharmacist or healthcare provider and present him/her with a full list of every prescription, non prescription, OTC drugs, multivitamins, herbal health supplements that you use.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.