Potassium - Slow K (Potassium)
Drug:Potassium 8 MEQ Tablet
Slow K (Potassium chloride) is used to treat hypokalemia and to prevent hypokalemia from occurring when strong diuretics are used. Potassium (Slow K) can also be used to treat digitalis toxicity. Low potassium conditions (hypokalemia) occur when the amount of potassium lost in the kidneys or intestines exceeds the amount of potassium taken in. This usually occurs slowly with the use of diuretics. However, it can also occur in diabetic ketoacidosis, severe diarrhea, conditions wherein the patient is receiving IV fluids and not eating, and rare disorders of the adrenal glands.
Take Slow K 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 unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication. If your total daily dosage is more than 20 milliequivalents, your doctor may direct you to divide the daily dose so that you take smaller amounts of medication several times a day, but do not take more than 20 milliequivalents as a single dose. This will also help to reduce stomach upset.
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