Sterile Potassium Chloride Concentrate

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Potassium Chloride

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                                         Your doctor will have explained why      You should not be given Potassium
What is in this leaflet                                                           Chloride if you are pregnant or
                                         you are being treated with Sterile
                                         Potassium Chloride Concentrate.          breastfeeding unless your doctor
This leaflet answers some of the                                                  says it is safe. Ask your doctor
common questions people ask about        Follow all directions given to you       about the risks and benefits
Sterile Potassium Chloride               by your doctor carefully.                involved.
Concentrate. It does not contain all
                                         They may differ from the                 You must not be given Sterile
the information that is known about
                                         information contained in this leaflet.   Potassium Chloride Concentrate
Sterile Potassium Chloride
                                         Your doctor may prescribe this           if:
                                         medicine for another use. Ask your       * you are sensitive to potassium
It does not take the place of talking    doctor if you want more information.     * have an allergy to any
to your doctor or pharmacist.
                                         Sterile Potassium Chloride                 ingredient listed at the end of
All medicines have risks and             Concentrate is not addictive.              this leaflet or any other related
benefits. Your doctor will have                                                     medicines.
weighed the risks of you being given
                                                                                  If you have an allergic reaction, you
Sterile Potassium Chloride                                                        may get a skin rash, hayfever, asthma
Concentrate against the benefits they
                                                                                  or feel faint.
expect it will have for you.             Before you are given
If you have any concerns about being
                                         Sterile Potassium                        You should not be given Sterile
given this medicine, ask your doctor
                                         Chloride Concentrate                     Potassium Chloride Concentrate if
                                                                                  you have or have had the following
or pharmacist.                                                                    medical conditions:
                                         You may already have been given
Keep this leaflet.                       Sterile Potassium Chloride               * high potassium levels
You may need to read it again.           Concentrate. Your doctor will have       * kidney problems or you pass less
                                         considered the situation carefully and     urine than is normal
                                         decided to use it. However, if any of
                                                                                  * heart disease or abnormal heart
                                         the following applies to you, tell
                                         your doctor immediately.
What Sterile Potassium                                                            * adrenal gland problems (e.g.
Chloride Concentrate                                                                Addison's disease)
                                         When you must not use it
is for                                                                            * tumour on the adrenal cortex
                                         Sterile Potassium Chloride               * severe burns
Sterile Potassium Chloride               Concentrate MUST be diluted
                                                                                  * dehydration
Concentrate increases levels of          before use according to the
potassium in the blood. It is given to   instructions on the label. If this       * muscle twitching caused by heat
patients who have very low               concentrated solution has not been         exposure
potassium levels or who are unable       diluted correctly and mixed
to take tablets. It is also used in      thoroughly IT MUST NOT BE
digoxin poisoning.

STERILE POTASSIUM CHLORIDE CONCENTRATE                                                                                  1
Before you are given it                                                           Ask your doctor or pharmacist to
                                         How Sterile Potassium                    answer any questions you may
You must tell your doctor if you         Chloride Concentrate                     have.
have any of these medical                will be given
conditions:                                                                       Tell your doctor if you notice any
                                         Sterile Potassium Chloride               of the following and they worry
* low salt diet                                                                   you:
                                         Concentrate will be diluted, mixed
* sickle cell disease                    thoroughly and then given to you by      * nausea
It may not be safe for you to be given   your doctor or a specially trained       * vomiting
Sterile Potassium Chloride               nurse.                                   * diarrhoea
Concentrate if you have any of these
                                         It will be given by a drip into your     * stomach pain
                                                                                  These are all mild side effects of
Taking other medicines                                                            Sterile Potassium Chloride
                                         Overdose                                 Concentrate.
Tell your doctor if you are taking
any other medicines, including           The doctor or nurse giving you           Tell your doctor immediately or go
medicines that you buy at the            Sterile Potassium Chloride               to casualty at your nearest hospital
                                         Concentrate will be experienced in       if you notice any of the following:
chemist, supermarket or health
food shop.                               its use, so it is extremely unlikely
                                                                                  * tingling in the arms and legs
                                         that you will be given too much.
Some medicines and Sterile                                                        * muscle weakness
                                         However, the first signs of overdose
Potassium Chloride Concentrate may                                                * confusion
                                         are tingling in the arms and legs,
interfere with each other. These
                                         weakness, confusion, and abnormal        * weakness and heaviness in the
                                         heart beats.                               legs
* potassium sparing diuretics (fluid                                              * abnormal heart beats
                                         If these signs occur administration of
                                         Sterile Potassium Chloride               * pain at the injection site
* some medicines to treat high           Concentrate must be discontinued         These are all serious side effects.
  blood pressure or heart problems       immediately along with any foods or      You may need urgent medical
  such as enalapril and captopril        medicines that contain potassium.        attention
  and any other ACE inhibitors,          Monitoring with an ECG machine
  Beta blockers and digitalis                                                     Serious side effects are rare.
                                         will be necessary along with
  glycosides                             treatment with appropriate injection     Tell your doctor if you notice
* medicine used to treat diabetes        solutions.                               anything else that is making you
  e.g. insulin                                                                    feel unwell.
* medicine to help prevent clotting                                               Some people may get other side
  e.g. heparin                                                                    effects while being given Sterile
* nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory         Side effects                             Potassium Chloride Concentrate.
  drugs (NSAIDs)
* sodium bicarbonate                     Tell your doctor or pharmacist as
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell       soon as possible if you do not feel
you what to do if you are taking any
                                         well while you are being given           Storage
                                         Sterile Potassium Chloride
of these medicines.
                                                                                  Sterile Potassium Chloride
If you have not told your doctor
                                         Sterile Potassium Chloride               Concentrate should be kept in a cool,
about any of these things, tell them     Concentrate helps most people with       dry place where the temperature
before you are given any Sterile         low potassium levels, but it may have    stays below 30 degrees C.
Potassium Chloride Concentrate.          unwanted side-effects in a few
                                         All medicines can have side effects.
                                         Sometimes they are serious, most of      Disposal
                                         the time they are not. You may need
                                         medical treatment if you get some of     Ask your pharmacist what to do with
                                         the side effects.                        any injection that is unused or you
                                                                                  find that the expiry date has passed.

STERILE POTASSIUM CHLORIDE CONCENTRATE                                                                                  2
Product description
Sterile Potassium Chloride
Concentrate is a clear, colourless
The active ingredient is potassium
Hydrochloric acid (for pH
Water for Injections
It is available in 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0
grams of potassium chloride in
10mL, in Polyamp Duo Fit(R)
ampoules in packs of 50.

AstraZeneca Pty Ltd
ABN 54 009 682 311
Alma Road

This leaflet was prepared in March

Australian Registration Number:
0.75G/10mL 12043
1.0G/10mL 12041
1.5G/10mL 12434
2.0G/10mL 12042


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