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Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride, REKAWAN

Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride, REKAWAN

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Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride, REKAWAN film-coated tablets 1000 mg

Rekawan® film-coated tablets, Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride.

Active substance: potassium chloride

For potassium substitution in the case of pronounced hypokalemia (serum potassium below 3.2 mmol/l), particularly in the case of concomitant metabolic alkalosis.

Active Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride, REKAWAN substance: 


potassium chloride.

For use in severe potassium deficiency.

active Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride, REKAWAN ingredients

  • 1000 mg of potassium chloride

Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride, REKAWAN excipients

  • aluminum hydroxide
  • Arabic gum
  • Methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate copolymer (1:1)
  • stearic acid
  • talc

Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride, REKAWAN indication

  • The drug is a potassium mineral supplement.
  • It is used for potassium substitution in:
    • Pronounced potassium deficiency (potassium blood level below 3.2 mmol/l), especially in the case of concomitant metabolic hypoacidity of the blood (metabolic alkalosis).

dosage Hypokalemia, Potassium chloride, REKAWAN

  • Always take this medicine exactly as described or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • In principle, the dosage depends on the deficit to be replaced. Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, the usual dose is:
    • Take 1 modified-release tablet (= 3-4 times 13.4 mmol of potassium) 3-4 times a day after meals and only on a full stomach.
  • The duration of the application depends on the clinical picture and is determined by the doctor.


  • If you take more than you should
    • If you take more than you should, please contact your doctor immediately. An overdose can lead to an undesirable increase in the potassium blood level (hyperkalemia).
    • Symptoms of hyperkalemia can include cardiac arrhythmia (bradycardia), drop in blood pressure (hypotension), abnormal sensations on the skin (paraesthesia), states of confusion, symptoms of muscle paralysis (paralysis) and, under certain circumstances, cardiac arrest and circulatory failure.


  • If you forget to take a dose
    • Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
    • Continue with the recommended dosing schedule.


  • If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.


  • The film-coated tablets should be swallowed whole with plenty of liquid. It should not be taken lying down.

side effects

  • Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
  • Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
    • Treatment with the drug can cause nausea, vomiting, belching, heartburn, flatulence, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Ulceration or bleeding of the gastrointestinal mucosa can also occur. These can show up as severe pain in the upper abdomen; the treatment should then be stopped immediately.
  • Metabolic and nutritional disorders
    • Interactions with other drugs and sudden hyperacidity of the blood (acidosis), acute impairment of kidney function or other conditions can lead to an undesirable increase in the potassium blood level (hyperkalemia) when taking the drug.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This also applies to side effects that are not listed here.


  • Taking the preparation together with other medicines
    • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking/using, have recently taken/used or might take/use any other medicines, including those obtained without a prescription.
    • The drug should be used with caution in concomitant therapy with potassium-sparing diuretics, aldosterone antagonists, ACE inhibitors, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and peripheral painkillers, since these drugs reduce potassium excretion through the kidneys.
    • Elevated levels of potassium in the blood reduce the effect of cardiac glycosides. Too low a potassium blood level increases the undesirable effects of cardiac glycosides.
    • Anticholinergics inhibit intestinal activity and, if used at the same time, increase the risk of side effects in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Take with food and drink
    • The medicine is safe to take with other foods and non-alcoholic drinks.


  • The drug must not be taken
    • if you are allergic to potassium chloride or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
    • in diseases that are often associated with an increased level of potassium in the blood:
      • Conditions with reduction in total body water (dehydration),
      • impaired kidney function,
      • insufficient production of adrenal cortex hormones (Addison's disease),
      • familial periodic paralysis with increased blood potassium levels (adynamia episodica hereditaria),
      • sickle cell anemia.

pregnancy and breast feeding period

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
  • There are no known indications of harmful effects of potassium chloride during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

patient notes

  • Warnings and Precautions
    • Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
    • Electrolyte and acid-base status, cardiac rhythm and, especially in elderly patients, renal function should be checked before use. These checks should initially be carried out at shorter intervals while the drug is being used, and later at longer intervals.
    • If the esophagus or gastrointestinal passage is impaired or if drugs are taken at the same time that have a negative effect on peristalsis, a liquid potassium supplement should be used instead.


  • Ability to drive and use machines
    • There are no special precautions required.


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