Are there any risks in taking potassium chloride?

As is the case for any medication, there may be some risks with potassium chloride supplementation. Too much potassium can cause health problems, so you will need to monitor your diet while you are being treated with potassium chloride. Avoid low-sodium food products. These may contain extra potassium and cause your blood levels of the potassium to climb too high. Because exercise can cause dehydration and increase the amount of potassium in the blood, you should talk with your doctor before starting a fitness program or increasing your activity. Potassium chloride can interact with other drugs and medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medications you take, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. It can be dangerous to take potassium chloride if you have conditions such as Addison's disease, hyperkalemia, kidney, gastrointestinal (stomach) and cardiovascular (like heart and blood pressure) disorders. Your doctor will monitor your potassium levels with laboratory tests during follow-up office visits.

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