K-Dur

Generic Name: Potassium

  • What is K-Dur?

    K-Dur is an extended-release oral form (releases the medicine slowly into your body) of potassium chloride that is used to treat and prevent low blood levels of potassium in your body.

  • What is the most important information I should know about K-Dur?

    There have been reports of stomach ulcers and bleeding with extended-release potassium preparations such as K-Dur.

    It is important to follow up with your doctor regularly to monitor your blood potassium level.

  • Who should not take K-Dur?

    Do not take K-Dur if your blood potassium level is normal or high. You should not take this medication if you have any ulcers in the throat, stomach, or intestines.

    Do not take K-Dur if you have any conditions that slow the activity of your stomach or intestinal tract, or if you are unable to swallow.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of K-Dur?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with K-Dur. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have bleeding in your stomach or other stomach problems, heart disease, or kidney problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The dose is typically in the range of 20 milliequivalents (mEq) per day. Higher doses may be required for certain patients. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you.

  • How should I take K-Dur?

    Each dose of K-Dur should be taken with meals and with a full glass of water or other liquid. Take each dose without crushing, chewing or sucking on the tablets.

    If you have difficulty swallowing whole tablets, you may try to break the tablet in half, and take each half separately with a glass of water. You may also prepare a water suspension by placing the whole tablet(s) in approximately one-half glass of water (4 fluid ounces). Allow approximately 2 minutes for the tablet(s) to disintegrate. Stir for 30 seconds after the tablet(s) has disintegrated. Swirl the suspension and consume the entire contents of the glass immediately by drinking or by the use of a straw. Add another fluid ounce of water, swirl, and consume immediately. Repeat this until all of the K-Dur has been consumed.

    Any suspension of K-Dur that is not taken immediately should be thrown away. The use of other liquids besides water for mixing K-Dur is not recommended.

    If you suspect that you have taken too much K-Dur, contact your doctor or poison control center immediately.

  • What should I avoid while taking K-Dur?

    Avoid taking more than 20 mEq of K-Dur at one time. Avoid taking large amounts of potassium in your diet without first consulting your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with K-Dur?

    If K-Dur is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining K-Dur with the following: blood pressure medicines in a class known as ACE inhibitors, amiloride, captopril, enalapril, spironolactone, or triamterene.

  • What are the possible side effects of K-Dur?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, gas, nausea, stomach conditions including bleeding, obstruction and ulceration, vomiting

    Stop taking K-Dur immediately and call your doctor if you have: black tarry stools or other evidence of bleeding from the stomach or intestines.

  • Can I receive K-Dur if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of K-Dur on pregnancy are unknown, and it may pass into breast milk. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of K-Dur?

    If you miss a dose of K-Dur, take the dose as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for the next dose. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store K-Dur?

    Store at room temperature.

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