Klor-con should not be used when having the following conditions: injury of tissues or major burns, Addison’s disease, kidney failure, dehydrated, high potassium levels in the blood and when taking specific diuretics. The extended klor-con tablet should not be broken, chewed or crushed. It should be swallowed as a whole. The content of the tablet may be released at a single time in case you crush or break it. Your throat or mouth can be irritated by sucking the klor-con tablet. The tablet can be consumed after meal or when taking a meal.
How Effective is Klor-Con?
Klor-con is also known as potassium chloride. Klor-con is effective in treating or preventing low potassium levels in the blood. This condition is known as hypokalemia. There are various reasons which can result to low potassium levels. They include; taking specific medicines, extended illness associated with vomiting as well as diarrhea and diseases.
Potassium chloride is the main constituent of klor-con. Many foods have potassium. It is essential in many body functions particularly in the heart beats.
You may require several blood tests to ensure that the medication Klor-con is dealing with the condition effectively. Electrocardiograph is used in checking your heart rate. It is also known as ECG or EKG. It identifies your heart electrical process. This test will guide the doctor on the duration of the treatment process. Ensure that you attend the planned appointments.
There are severe potassium side effects such as weak muscles, uneven heartbeat, numbness, stomach pains, limp feeling and tingling of the mouth, hands and feet.
You should not discontinue using the Klor-con treatment without consulting your physician. Immediate halt of the treatment can lead to the condition getting worse.
Things to Observe Before Taking Klor-con
Klor-con should not be used by those with potassium chloride allergies or with other unique conditions. You doctor should be made aware when having the following conditions:
- Hyperkalemia- this is a condition where there is high potassium levels in the blood
- failure of the kidney
- Disorder of the adrenal gland known as Addison’s disease.
- Severe tissue injury like a major burn
- Cases of severe dehydration
When consuming water pill (diuretic) such as triamterene (maxzide, dyrenium, dyazide) spironolactone (aldactazide, aldactone) amiloride (moduretic, midamor).
In order to take klor-con safely, you should inform your physician when having the following conditions:
- Disease of the kidney
- High blood pressure or heart problems
- Blockage of the intestines or stomach
- Severe diarrhea like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
When having the above conditions, you will require adjusting your dose or undergoing unique tests in order to use klor-con.
Pregnancy category FDA: Not much is known about Klor-con causing harm to the unborn. When using the medication, you should inform your doctor if you are pregnant or aiming to get pregnant. Studies have not yet confirmed if potassium chloride gets access to breast milk and if it causes harm to the breastfeeding baby. Klor-con should not be used without informing the doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Frequent blood tests will be carried out to ensure that Klor-con is improving your condition. Heart rate is checked using electrocardiograph commonly known as ECG as well as EKG. The test helps the doctor in finding out the duration which you should undertake the potassium treatment. It is important not to miss any appointment.
What are the Side Effects of Klor-Con?
You should seek immediate medical treatment when you have the following reactions to klor-con: breathing difficulties, hives and swelling of tongue, lips, throat and face. Other severe side effects that should lead to discontinue using Klor-con and contact doctor immediately include:
- Anxiety, confusion, feeling like passing out
- Heartbeats which are irregular
- Frequent urination and excessive thirst
- Discomfort of the legs
- Limp feeling and weak muscles
- Tingly feeling or numbness of the mouth, feet and hands
- Continuing vomiting or diarrhea, stomach pains
- Stools which are tarry, black or bloody
- Blood coughs or coffee like vomits.
Moderate side effects of klor-con include:
- Upset stomach or serene nausea
- Sporadic diarrhea
- Tingling slightly of the feet and hands are also side effects of klor-con
- The klor-con tablet may be found in the stool.