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What are the side effects of KCl in D5NS?

As with all injections, administering KCl in D5NS (potassium chloride in 5% dextrose and sodium chloride) may cause swelling or irritation at the site of the injection. Talk to a doctor immediately if the injection site develops an infection or if the person receiving KCl in D5NS develops a fever. Allergic reactions to KCl in D5NS are possible. Seek emergency care if the person receiving KCl in D5NS experiences difficulty breathing, hives, itchy rash or swelling in the face, mouth or throat. Common side effects to potassium-containing solutions like KCl D5NS include: nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. If too much KCl in D5NS is administered, the result can be symptoms of an overdose of potassium, such as muscle weakness, confusion or irregular or slow heart rate. Too much KCl in D5NS can also cause dangerously high blood volume, which could cause cardiac problems or fluid buildup in the lungs. Overdoses should be promptly treated by a medical professional.

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