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Brand name: Span K TM

Active ingredients: potassium chloride

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a recall notice on this product.

Span-K (potassium chloride) 600mg Tablets

Recall Action Commencement Date: 13 April 2017

TGA Recall Reference: RC-2017-RN-00300-1

Pack Size: 200 (Bottle)

AUST R Number: 27978

Further information on this recall can be found at http://apps.tga.gov.au/PROD/SARA/arn-detail.aspx?k=RC-2016-RN-01166-1

What it is used for

Treatment of all types of potassium deficiencies, particularly hypochloraemic or hypokalaemic alkalosis associated with prolonged or intensive diuretic therapy, eg. in hypertension, cardiac failure or massive oedema (potassium replacement is particularly important to patients receiving digitalis, as the clinical response to this drug is seriously affected by hypokalaemia), in renal disease associated with increased potassium excretion eg. nephrotic syndrome; vomiting and diarrhoea, ulcerative colitis, steatorrhoea, diabetes insipidus, and uncontrolled diabetes mellitus; ileostomy or colostomy patients, cirrhosis; Cushing's syndrome and dietary insufficiency; during prolonged or intensive treatment with corticosteroids, ACTH or carbenoxolone; hyperaldosteronism in megaloblastic anaemia, during the early stages of treatment. Here Span-K is 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

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

Visual appearance

White sugar-coated tablet

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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.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on November 1, 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

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Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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