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Brand name: Slow-K TM

Active ingredients: potassium chloride

What it is used 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, Slow-K is particularly indicated if a diet rich in potassium cannot be guaranteed.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Heat
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Pale orange, round, biconvex, polished sugar coated tablets.

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Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

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