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Brand name: Duro-K

Duro-K is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) potassium chloride. On this page you will find out more about Duro-K, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: potassium chloride

Information for medicine and pack size:
Duro-K 600 mg (potassium 8 mmol) modified release tablet, 100

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

For the treatment and specific prevention of hypokalaemia in patients who cannot tolerate oral potassium drinks or who find their taste unacceptable: - during protracted or intensive diuretic medication for hypertension, massive oedema, or congestive heart failure( potassium supplementation is of particular importance in patients under concomitant digitalisation, because hypokalaemia increase the toxicity of digitalis); - in liver cirrhosis, especially during diuretic therapy; - in renal disease associated with increased potassium excretion (e.g. salt wasting nephropathies, hereditary tubular disorders); - in gastro-intestinal disorders which induce potassium loss (e.g. severe or chronic diarrhoea, vomiting, fistula drainage, enterostomy or abuse of laxatives); - in hypochloraemic alkalosis or in patients receiving a low salt diet or a diet deficient in potassium; - during prolonged or intensive treatment with corticosteroids, ACTH, carbenoxolone or high doses of carbenicillin or benzylpenicillin; - in Cushing's syndrome or hyperaldosteronism; - in megaloblastic anaemia during the early stages of treatment,In these conditions, Duro-K is particularly indicated if a diet rich in potassium cannot be guaranteed.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Pale orange, round, biconvex, polished sugar-coated tablets.

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Dosage Form Tablet, sugar coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
200: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Jar/Can
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Heat,Protect from Moisture
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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