What is the role of oral potassium chloride in the management of hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Oral potassium chloride is the usual choice for replenishment of potassium levels and for maintenance of potassium levels in patients with ongoing potassium loss (eg, those on thiazide diuretics). Potassium chloride is absorbed easily and can be given several times per day if needed, especially if high-dose diuretic therapy is required.

In patients with hypokalemia and diabetic ketoacidosis, part of the potassium dose should be administered as potassium phosphate.


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