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How should I take potassium chloride?

The method you should use to take your potassium chloride prescription will depend on which form of the supplement your doctor has chosen for you. If you have been prescribed an injection form of the supplement, you will receive your treatment in a clinic, hospital or office setting. When taking a liquid or powder potassium supplement, dilute the liquid or dissolve the powder in four ounces of juice or water; then drink it. Do not take with tomato juice, because it has high sodium content. If you have been prescribed extended-release capsules or tablets, swallow the medication whole with eight ounces of water. Never crush, chew or dissolve the medication in your mouth. For all oral forms of potassium, the dose should be taken with food to reduce possible stomach upset. You can also take it standing or seating, and remain in upright position for 10 minutes after each dose to prevent stomach upset. Always follow the directions of your doctor or pharmacist when taking your supplements.

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