Can I get affordable Micro-K or other interchangeable products of Potassium Chloride? - CanadaDrugstore
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Can I get affordable Micro-K or other interchangeable products of Potassium Chloride?

What is potassium chloride?

Potassium is a mineral that is found in many foods and is needed for several functions of your body, especially the beating of your heart.

Potassium chloride is used to prevent or to treat low blood levels of potassium (hypokalemia).

Important information

Dosage and strength comparisons (mg vs mEq)

Potassium chloride comes as oral liquid, powder, granules, effervescent tablets, regular tablets, extended-release tablets, and extended-release capsules.

Micro-K® Extencaps® capsules (potassium chloride extended-release) and Micro-K® 10 Extencaps® capsules are oral dosage forms of microencapsulated potassium chloride containing 600 and 750 mg, respectively, of potassium chloride USP equivalent to 8 and 10 mEq of potassium.

Adult Dosing

Pediatric Dosing

How to use interchangeable products?

Administration and Monitoring

If serum potassium concentration is <2.5 mEq/L, use intravenous potassium instead of oral supplementation.

Monitoring

Potassium Chloride supplements in Canada

NAME in Canada: Micro-K 8 Extencaps

DOSAGE: Capsule, extended release

STRENGTH: 600mg

Equivalent to mEq: 8 meq

ROUTE: Oral

 

NAME in Canada: Potassium K-8

DOSAGE: Tablet

STRENGTH: 600mg

Equivalent to mEq: 8 meq

ROUTE: Oral

 

NAME in Canada: Slow K8

DOSAGE: Tablet, extended release

STRENGTH: 600mg

Equivalent to mEq: 8 meq

ROUTE: Oral

 

NAME in Canada: Potassium Chloride

DOSAGE: Solution

STRENGTH: 20meq/15mL

Equivalent to mEq: 20 meq

ROUTE: Oral

 

NAME in Canada: Potassium K-20

DOSAGE: Tablet, extended release

STRENGTH: 1500mg

Equivalent to mEq: 20 meq

ROUTE: Oral

 

Monitor serum potassium and adjust dosages accordingly. For treatment of hypokalemia, monitor potassium levels daily or more often depending on the severity of hypokalemia until they return to normal. Monitor potassium levels monthly to biannually for maintenance or prophylaxis.

The treatment of potassium depletion, particularly in the presence of cardiac disease, renal disease, or acidosis requires careful attention to acid-base balance, volume status, electrolytes, including magnesium, sodium, chloride, phosphate, and calcium, electrocardiograms and the clinical status of the patient. Correct volume status, acid-base balance and electrolyte deficits as appropriate.

Administration

Dilute the potassium chloride for oral solution with at least 4 ounces of cold. Take with meals or immediately after eating.

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This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

Reference:

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  2. fda.gov
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