K-Dur is an oral supplement (pill) made up of a mineral called potassium chloride. We carry the generic alternative of this medication in 20 MEQ (1500mg)!
K-Dur is used to treat and prevent potassium levels in the blood from becoming too low. This condition is known as hypokalemia and can be a result of a variety of conditions such as vomiting a lot, having diarrhea, having poorly working kidneys or adrenal glands, or urinating a lot. Potassium is an important part of muscle contraction regulation (moving muscles), healthy nerve function, and fluid balance regulation. Potassium also plays a part in affecting the cells in your heart and keeping your blood pressure from getting too high. K-Dur doesn’t only help to keep all these body functions working and potential risks from occurring, but may also help to relieve symptoms of weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps, twitching, constipation, and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia) by treating and preventing this condition.
K-Dur is effective in treating and preventing hypokalemia because the active ingredient in K-Dur is potassium chloride, and is a direct substitute for the potassium that missing or misused that causes the deficiency (hypokalemia).
Only take this medication the way that your doctor has directed you too. Taking the incorrect dose can lead to unwanted side effects, ineffectiveness, or adverse interactions.
Take K-Dur with a full glass of water and with a meal or directly after a meal. Avoid chewing, sucking, or crushing this tablet as doing so may cause irritation.
Ensure you are taking the necessary tests required throughout this treatment such as blood tests.
If your treatment plan includes a special diet; ensure you are following the entire treatment plan.
Store K-Dur at room temperature and protect against moisture and heat.
Can’t swallow pills?
Place the tablet in 4oz of water (about half a glass) and allow 2 minutes to pass for the tablet to disintegrate; stirring the mixture after for about half a minute (30 seconds). Drink this mixture immediately after mixing. To ensure you have received all the medicine, refill the cup with more water and swirl the liquid around in the cup; drink and repeat once more.
Do not use K-Dur (potassium chloride)
You should not use this medication if you have high levels of potassium in your blood or if you take a potassium-sparing diuretic.
Avoid this product if you have ever had an allergic reaction to potassium chloride.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Before starting treatment, to make sure this product can be safely used by you, tell your doctor about any past or current medical conditions consisting of kidney disease, cirrhosis or other liver disease, an adrenal gland disorder, a large tissue injury such as a severe burn, severe dehydration, diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, stomach or intestinal bleeding, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, or chronic diarrhea (such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease).
Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without first consulting your doctor. Stopping suddenly may cause your condition to worsen.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby. If you are pregnant contact your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medication while pregnant.
This medication will pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Do not breast feed unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Common side effects of K-Dur (potassium chloride) may include:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
gas, stomach pain; or
the appearance of a K-Dur tablet in your stool.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of K-Dur (potassium chloride) may include:
severe throat irritation;
severe vomiting; or
severe stomach pain.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
high potassium levels - nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement; or
stomach bleeding - bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
What is the average dose for an adult with hypokalemia?
The average dose for an adult with high blood sugar is between 40–100 MEQ (3000-7500mg) per day. This dose should be taken in 2 – 5 divided doses. Each dose should not contain more than 20MEQ (1500mg) and no more than 200MEQ (15000mg) in 24 hours.
What if I miss a dose?
Skip the miss dose if your next dose is approaching soon. If you remember shortly after the scheduled time, take the missed dose. Do not double up on medication to catch up.
What should I avoid while using this medication?
Avoid using potassium supplements while using this medication. This includes other medications or products that contain potassium, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
What are some potassium rich foods?
Ensure to only intake the amount of potassium directed to by your doctor. Potassium rich foods include squash, baked potatoes (skin on), spinach, lentils, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, kidney or navy beans, raisins, watermelon, orange juice, bananas, cantaloupe, and low-fat milk or yogurt.