Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 5, 2020.
Generic name: POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 20meq in 15mL
Dosage form: oral solution
The usual dietary potassium intake by the average adult is 50 to 100 mEq per day. Potassium depletion sufficient to cause hypokalemia usually requires the loss of 200 or more mEq of potassium from the total body store. Dosage must be adjusted to the individual needs of each patient. The dose for the prevention of hypokalemia is typically in the range of 20 mEq per day. Doses of 40-100 mEq per day or more are used for the treatment of potassium depletion.
To minimize gastrointestinal irritation, patients must follow directions regarding dilution. Each tablespoonful (15 mL) should be diluted with three (3) fluid ounces or more of water or other liquid.
One (1) tablespoonful (15 mL) twice daily (after morning and evening meals) supplies 40 mEq of potassium chloride.
To minimize gastrointestinal irritation, patients must follow directions regarding dilution. Each tablespoonful should be diluted with six (6) fluid ounces or more of water or other liquid.
One (1) tablespoonful (15 mL) per day (after the morning meal) supplies 40 mEq of potassium chloride. One tablespoonful twice a day, provides 80 mEq of potassium chloride.
Deviations from these recommendations may be indicated, since no average total daily dose can be defined but must be governed by close observation for clinical effects. However, potassium intoxication may result from any therapeutic dosage. See OVERDOSAGE and PRECAUTIONS.
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