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What should I know about KCl in D5W before using it?

KCl in D5W (potassium chloride in 5% dextrose injection) should only be administered by a trained professional to hospitalized people who cannot eat or drink normally. If too much of this solution is injected, the result can be overhydration, congestion or fluid buildup in the lungs. This solution should be used with great care or not at all in people with kidney problems or failure, congestive heart failure, high blood volume, diabetes, a urinary tract obstruction, potassium retention or high blood potassium levels. Other drugs may interact with KCl in D5W, so it's important for the administering doctor to know about all medications and supplements that the patient is taking. This drug may be administered alongside other vitamins and minerals for proper nutrition. KCl in D5W may cause harm to developing fetuses if taken by pregnant women, and should not be used or used with extreme caution in infants with low birth weight.

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