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Brand name: Span K

Span K is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) potassium chloride. On this page you will find out more about Span 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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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

Active ingredient in this medicine: potassium chloride

Information for medicine and pack size:
Span K 600 mg (potassium 8 mmol) modified release tablet, 200

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

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.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White sugar-coated tablet

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Dosage Form Tablet, modified release
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100 200 500 1000: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
6 30 60 90: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
bulk: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature No information available
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 0
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 October 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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Is this medication banned in sport?

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