What is potassium acetate?

Potassium acetate is an intravenous solution used to provide potassium to a person with low potassium levels, known as hypokalemia, or a person who is in danger of developing low potassium levels due to illness or poor diet. Potassium is necessary for the proper functioning of muscles and nerves, particularly the heart. Potassium acetate must be mixed with fluid before being administered into the vein, and electrolyte levels should be monitored regularly. If potassium and other electrolytes are not balanced, many different illnesses could result. This drug is sold as a generic, and is manufactured by several different companies.

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