What is Klor-Con M?Klor-Con M is an extended-release dosage form of potassium chloride that is used to treat and prevent low blood levels of potassium in your body. Klor-Con M is available in three different strengths.
What is the most important information I should know about Klor-Con M?Klor-Con M is used only for people for those who cannot tolerate or refuse to take liquid or effervescent potassium preparations. There have been reports of stomach ulcerations and bleeding with extended-release potassium chloride preparations such as Klor-Con M.
It is important to follow up with your doctor regularly to monitor your blood potassium level.
Who should not take Klor-Con M?Do not take Klor-Con M if your blood potassium level is normal or high.
You should not take this medication if you have any ulceration in the throat, stomach, or intestines.
Do not take Klor-Con M if you have any conditions that slow the activity of your stomach or intestinal tract. Do not take Klor-Con M if you are unable to swallow.
Safety and effectiveness of Klor-Con M in children have not been established.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Klor-Con M?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Klor-Con M. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have bleeding in your stomach or other stomach problems, heart disease, kidney problems, or a condition known as metabolic acidosis.
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 dosage to prevent low levels of potassium in the blood is typically in the range of 20 milliequivalent (mEq) per day.
Doses of 40-100 mEq per day or more are used for the treatment of potassium depletion. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you. Doses more than 20 mEq per day should be given in divided doses of no more than 20 mEq in a single dose.
Take this medicine exactly how much and often as it is prescribed by your doctor.
How should I take Klor-Con M?Each dose of Klor-Con M 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 about 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 Klor-Con M has been consumed.
Any suspension of Klor-Con M that is not taken immediately should be thrown away. The use of other liquids for suspending Klor-Con M is not recommended.
If you suspect that you have taken too much Klor-Con M, contact your doctor or poison control center immediately.
What should I avoid while taking Klor-Con M?Avoid taking more than 20 mEq of Klor-Con M at one time. Avoid taking large amounts of potassium in your diet without first consulting your doctor.
Avoid any medications that may slow down the activity of your stomach. Notify your doctor before taking any new medications.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Klor-Con M?If Klor-Con M 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 Klor-Con M with the following: ACE inhibitors, amiloride, captopril, enalapril, spironolactone, triamterene.
What are the possible side effects of Klor-Con M?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, flatulence, nausea, stomach conditions including bleeding, obstruction and ulceration, vomiting
If stomach irritations occur, take Klor-Com M with meals or reduce the amount you are taking at one time. If you are taking the suspension, you may dilute the suspension further.
Stop taking Klor-Con M immediately and call your doctor if you have: black tarry stools or other evidence of bleeding from the stomach or intestines.
Can I receive Klor-Con M if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Klor-Con M on pregnancy are unknown, and it may pass into breast milk. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are nursing.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Klor-Con M?If you missed a dose of Klor-Con M, take the dose as soon as possible unless it is almost time for the next dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.
How should I store Klor-Con M?Store in a tightly closed container at room temperature.
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