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Active substance(s): POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

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3.How Sterile Potassium Chloride
Concentrate is given


Sterile Potassium Chloride
10%, 15% and 20% w/v Concentrate for Solution for Infusion

Your doctor will decide the correct dosage, and
how and when the injection will be given to you.

Potassium Chloride

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you are given this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or nurse.
• If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This includes any side effects not listed in
this leaflet.

What is in this leaflet

Other medicines and Sterile Potassium
1. What Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate is, Chloride Concentrate
Tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking, have
and what it is used for
recently taken or might take any other medicines,
2. What you need to know before you are given
including medicines obtained without a
Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate
3. How Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate is prescription.
Medicines that may interact with Sterile
4. Possible side effects
Potassium Chloride Concentrate include:
5. How to store Sterile Potassium Chloride
• medicines containing potassium
• medicines that make you pass more urine,
6. Contents of the pack and other information
but stop you passing potassium in your urine
(potassium sparing diuretics)
1.What Sterile Potassium Chloride
Concentrate is, and what it is used for • products used for blood transfusions (these may
make the amount of potassium in your blood
Potassium Chloride belongs to a group of
too high)
medicines called electrolytes. Electrolytes are

medicines used to treat an irregular heartbeat
needed by the body to carry out all of its normal
such as quinidine and digitalis
• medicines used to treat high blood pressure
such as ACE inhibitors, thiazide diuretics,
Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate, when
angiotensin-II receptor antagonists, betadiluted, is used to put electrolytes back into your
body if you have lost them through too much

ciclosporin (given to suppress the immune
sweating or prolonged diarrhoea and sickness
following organ transplants, and in
severe skin, rheumatic and bowel disorders)
2.What you need to know before you
• tacrolimus (used to reduce the inflammation in
certain skin conditions and can be given after
are given Sterile Potassium Chloride
organ transplant to prevent rejection of the
Do not have Sterile Potassium Chloride

glucose infusions (used in patients who have
Concentrate if you:
levels of sugar in their blood)
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to potassium

used to treat redness and swelling
chloride or any of the other ingredients of this
anti-inflammatory drugs or
medicine (listed in section 6 of this leaflet)
• have severe kidney problems
• certain steroids such as betamethasone,
• have too much potassium in your blood
dexamethasone, prednisolone, hydrocortisone
and aldosterone
• have too much chloride in your blood

If you are unsure about being given this medicine
or you have any questions, talk to your doctor or
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or nurse before having Sterile
Potassium Chloride Concentrate if you:
• have liver or kidney problems
• have a history of stomach ulcers
• have heart disease
• are severely dehydrated
• have difficulty opening your bowels, or your
doctor has told you that you have narrowing of
the intestines (intestinal strictures)
• are suffering from muscle pains caused by
exercising or overheating (heat cramps)
• have suffered severe burns

6. Contents of the pack and other

If you have any doubts about whether this
medicine should be administered to you, speak to
your doctor or nurse.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Please tell your doctor or nurse before being
given this injection if you are pregnant or
breast-feeding. The doctor will then decide if the
injection is suitable for you.
Driving and using machines
There are no known effects of Sterile Potassium
Chloride Concentrate on driving or using

What Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate
• The active substance is potassium chloride.
- Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate 10%:
The doctor or nurse will give you Sterile
each 1ml (millilitre) of solution contains 0.1g
Potassium Chloride Concentrate into a vein by
of potassium chloride in a sterile solution for
slow infusion (drip) once it has been diluted.
Adults (including the elderly)
Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate 15%:
The usual dose is a maximum of 6g daily, after
1ml (millilitre) of solution contains 0.15g
of potassium chloride in a sterile solution for
The usual dose is a maximum of 3 mmol per
- Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate 20%:
kilogram body weight daily, after dilution
each 1ml (millilitre) of solution contains 0.2g
If you think you have been given too much
of potassium chloride in a sterile solution for
Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate
As this medicine will be given to you whilst you
• The other ingredients are dilute hydrochloric
are in hospital, it is unlikely that you will be given
acid, potassium hydroxide and water for
too much; however, tell your doctor or nurse
if you have any concerns. The likely signs of
What Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate
an overdose are the occurrence of possible side
looks like and contents of the pack
effects as listed below.
Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate is a
clear, colourless solution supplied in clear glass
4. Possible side effects
ampoules. Each carton contains 10 ampoules.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
- Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate 10% is
effects, although not everybody gets them.
available in ampoules containing 5ml, 10ml or
50ml of solution
Possible side effects include:
- Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate 15% is
• feeling or being sick
available in ampoules containing 10ml or 20ml
• a fast, slow or irregular heartbeat
of solution
• pain or blood clots at the site of injection
- Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate 20% is
• stomach pains
available in ampoules containing 5ml or 10ml of
• muscle weakness or loss of movement
• hyperkalaemia (too much potassium in the
Authorisation Holder and
blood, which would be identified by a blood
Martindale Pharmaceuticals
• hypotension (low blood pressure causing
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dizziness on standing)
Harold Hill
If you experience any side effects, talk to your Romford
doctor or nurse. This includes any possible side Essex
effects not listed in this leaflet.
United Kingdom
5. How to store Sterile Potassium
Chloride Concentrate
If you would like any more information, or
would like the leaflet in a different format,
• Your doctor or pharmacist is responsible for
please contact Medical Information at the
storing Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate
above address.
in a safe place where children cannot see or
reach it. They are also responsible for disposing Product licence numbers:
of any unused solutions correctly
PL 01883/6154R
• You should not be given Sterile Potassium
PL 01883/6186R
Chloride Concentrate after the expiry date
PL 01883/6185R
(EXP) which is stated on the ampoule label and
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
This leaflet was last revised in August 2013
of that month. Your doctor or nurse will check
that the date has not passed before giving the
injection to you
• This medicine will be stored below 25oC in the
original container. Only clear solutions free of
particles should be used
• For single use only. Discard any unused solution

Continued overleaf


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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