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All about: Potassium Chloride Injection Concentrate

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Potassium Chloride Description

A pharmacy bulk package is a container of a sterile preparation for parenteral use that contains many single doses. The contents are intended for use in a pharmacy admixture service and are restricted to the preparation of admixtures for intravenous infusion.

Potassium Chloride for Injection Concentrate USP is a sterile, nonpyrogenic, concentrated solution of Potassium Chloride USP in Water for Injection USP to be administered by intravenous infusion only after dilution in a larger volume of fluid. No bacteriostatic or antimicrobial agent has been added.

Each 100 mL of Potassium Chloride contains:

Potassium Chloride USP 14.9 g; Water for Injection USP qs

pH: 5.4 (4.0–8.0); Calculated Osmolarity: 4000 mOsmol/liter

Concentration of Electrolytes (mEq/mL): Potassium 2; Chloride 2

The formula of the active ingredient is:

Ingredient Molecular Formula Molecular Weight
Potassium Chloride USP KCl 74.55

Potassium Chloride injection (approximately diluted) is a parenteral fluid and electrolyte replenisher.

Potassium Chloride - Clinical Pharmacology

Potassium is the chief cation of body cells (160 mEq/liter of intracellular water) and is concerned with the maintenance of body fluid composition and electrolyte balance. Potassium participates in carbohydrate utilization and protein synthesis, and is critical in the regulation of nerve conduction and muscle contraction, particularly in the heart. Chloride, the major extracellular anion, closely follows the metabolism of sodium and changes in the acid-base balance of the body are reflected by changes in the chloride concentration.

Normally about 80 to 90% of the potassium intake is excreted in the urine, the remainder in the stools and to a small extent, in the perspiration. The kidney does not conserve potassium well so that during fasting, or in patients on a potassium-free diet, potassium loss from the body continues resulting in potassium depletion. A deficiency of either potassium or chloride will lead to a deficit of the other.

Indications and Usage for Potassium Chloride

Potassium Chloride for Injection Concentrate USP is indicated in the treatment of potassium deficiency states when oral replacement is not feasible.

This is a concentrated solution which is intended for use in a pharmacy admixture service and is restricted to the preparation of admixtures for intravenous infusion.


Potassium Chloride for Injection Concentrate USP is contraindicated in diseases where high potassium levels may be encountered, in patients with hyperkalemia, renal failure and in conditions in which potassium retention is present, or where additives of potassium and chloride could be clinically detrimental.


Strongly Hypertonic Solution. Must be properly diluted and thoroughly mixed before injection.

WARNING: This product contains aluminum that may be toxic. Aluminum may reach toxic levels with prolonged parenteral administration if kidney function is impaired. Premature neonates are particularly at risk because their kidneys are immature, and they require large amounts of calcium and phosphate solutions, which contain aluminum.

Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates, who receive parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 µg/kg/day accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration.

This concentrated solution of Potassium Chloride is for use in intravenous admixtures only and must not be used undiluted for direct patient injection. Direct patient injection of Potassium Chloride at this concentration may be instantaneously fatal.

The administration of intravenous solutions can cause fluid and/or solute overload resulting in dilution of serum electrolyte concentrations, overhydration, congested states or pulmonary edema. The risk of dilutional states is inversely proportional to the electrolyte concentration. The risk of solute overload causing congested states with peripheral and pulmonary edema is directly proportional to the electrolyte concentration.

To avoid potassium intoxication, do not infuse these solutions rapidly. In patients with renal insufficiency, administration of Potassium Chloride may cause potassium intoxication and life-threatening hyperkalemia.

In patients with diminished renal function, administration of solutions containing potassium ions may result in potassium retention.



Clinical evaluation and periodic laboratory determinations are necessary to monitor changes in fluid balance, electrolyte concentrations, and acid-base balance during prolonged parenteral therapy or whenever the condition of the patient warrants such evaluation. Significant deviations from normal concentrations may require the use of additional electrolyte supplements, or the use of electrolyte-free dextrose solutions to which individualized electrolyte supplements may be added.

Potassium therapy should be guided primarily by serial electrocardiograms, especially in patients receiving digitalis. Serum potassium levels are not necessarily indicative of tissue potassium levels. Solutions containing potassium should be used with caution in the presence of cardiac disease, particularly in the presence of renal disease, and in such instances, cardiac monitoring is recommended.

Solutions containing potassium in a greater concentration than 40 mEq/liter may result in significant irritation to peripheral or central veins.

For peripheral administration of solutions containing potassium, slowly infuse the solution through a small bore needle, placed well within the lumen of a large vein. Carefully avoid infiltration.

Solutions containing dextrose should be used with caution in patients with overt or known subclinical diabetes mellitus, or carbohydrate intolerance for any reason.

If the administration is controlled by a pumping device, care must be taken to discontinue pumping action before the container runs dry or air embolism may result.

To minimize the risk of possible incompatibilities arising from mixing this solution with other additives that may be prescribed, the final infusate should be inspected for cloudiness or precipitation immediately after mixing, prior to administration, and periodically during administration.

Use only if solution is clear and vacuum is present. Discard the container no later than 4 hours after initial closure puncture.


(I) Teratogenic effects. Pregnancy Category C

Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Potassium Chloride injection. It is also not known whether Potassium Chloride injection can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Potassium Chloride injection should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Adverse Reactions

Reactions which may occur because of the potassium-containing solutions or the technique of administration include febrile response, infection at the site of injection, venous thrombosis or phlebitis extending from the site of injection or extravasation, hypervolemia, and hyperkalemia.

To rapid infusion of hypertonic solutions may cause local pain and, rarely, vein irritation. Rate of administration should be adjusted according to tolerance.

Reactions reported with the use of potassium-containing solutions include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The signs and symptoms of potassium intoxication include paresthesias of the extremities, areflexia, muscular or respiratory paralysis, mental confusion, weakness, hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, heart block, electrocardiographic abnormalities and cardiac arrest. Potassium deficits result in disruption of neuromuscular function, and intestinal ileus and dilatation.

If infused in large amounts, chloride ions may cause a loss of bicarbonate ions, resulting in an acidifying effect.

Potassium-containing solutions are intrinsically irritating to tissues. Therefore, extreme care should be taken to avoid perivascular infiltration. Local tissue necrosis and subsequent sloughing may result if extravasation occurs. Chemical phlebitis and venospasm have also been reported.

If an adverse reaction does occur, discontinue the infusion, evaluate the patient, institute appropriate therapeutic countermeasures and save the remainder of the fluid for examination if deemed necessary.


In the event of fluid overload during parenteral therapy, reevaluate the patient's condition and institute appropriate corrective treatment.

In the event of overdosage with potassium-containing solutions, discontinue the infusion immediately and institute corrective therapy to reduce serum potassium levels.

Treatment of hyperkalemia includes the following:

  1. Dextrose Injection USP, 10% or 25%, containing 10 units of crystalline insulin per 20 grams of dextrose administered intravenously, 300 to 500 mL per hour.
  2. Absorption and exchange of potassium using sodium or ammonium cycle cation exchange resin, orally and as retention enema.
  3. Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The use of potassium-containing foods or medications must be eliminated. However, in cases of digitalization, too rapid a lowering of plasma potassium concentration can cause digitalis toxicity.

Potassium Chloride Dosage and Administration

Not for direct patient injection. Potassium Chloride for Injection Concentrate USP, Pharmacy Bulk Package is for preparation of intravenous admixtures only and must be diluted before administration. Care must be taken to ensure there is complete mixing of the Potassium Chloride with the large volume fluid, particularly if soft or bag type containers are used.

Dosage and rate of administration are to be directed by the physician and are dependent upon the specific conditions of each patient (e.g., age, weight, clinical condition of the patient and laboratory determinations). Frequent laboratory determinations and clinical evaluation are essential to monitor changes in electrolyte concentrations, and fluid and electrolyte balance during prolonged parenteral therapy.

If the serum potassium level is greater than 2.5 mEq/liter, potassium can be given at a rate not to exceed 10 mEq/hour and in a concentration of up to 40 mEq/liter. The 24 hour total dose should not exceed 200 mEq.

If urgent treatment is indicated (serum potassium level less than 2.0 mEq/liter and electrocardiographic changes and/or muscle paralysis), Potassium Chloride may be infused very cautiously at a rate of up to 40 mEq/hour. In such cases, continuous cardiac monitoring is essential. As much as 400 mEq may be administered in a 24 hour period. In critical conditions, Potassium Chloride may be administered in saline (unless contraindicated) rather than in dextrose containing fluids, as dextrose may lower serum potassium levels.

Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit.

Directions for Proper Use of Pharmacy Bulk Package

Warning: Not for direct infusion. For preparation of admixtures for intravenous infusion.

The pharmacy bulk package is for use in a Pharmacy Admixture Service only. Use of this product is restricted to a suitable work area, such as a laminar flow hood.

Additives should not be made to Pharmacy Bulk Packages.

Designed for use with a sterile dispensing set.

Before use, perform the following checks:

  1. Inspect each container. Read the label to ensure solution is the one intended and, is within the expiration date. Verify that closure is black and is printed with the words "MUST BE DILUTED". Check the security of bail and band.
  2. Invert container and carefully inspect the solution in good light for cloudiness, haze, or particulate matter; check the bottle for cracks or other damage. In checking for cracks, do not be confused by normal surface marks and seams on bottom and sides of bottle. These are not flaws. Look for bright reflections that have depth and penetrate into the wall of the bottle. Reject any such bottle.
  3. To remove the outer closure, lift the tear tab and pull up, over, and down until it is below the stopper (See Figure 1). Use a circular pulling motion on the tab until it breaks away.
  4. Grasp and remove the metal disk, exercising caution not to touch the exposed sterile stopper surface.
  5. Check for vacuum at first puncture of stopper. Insert the spike fully into the outlet port of the stopper (See Figure 2) and promptly invert the bottle. Verify vacuum by observing rising air bubbles. Do not use the bottle if vacuum is not present. Refer to Directions for Use of set to be used.
  6. If set insertion is not performed immediately following removal of protective metal disk, swab stopper with a suitable disinfectant.

The container closure may be penetrated only one time, utilizing a suitable sterile dispensing set which allows measured dispensing of the contents.

Transfer individual dose(s) to appropriate intravenous infusion solutions. Use of a syringe with needle is not recommended. Multiple entries increase the potential of the microbial and particulate contamination.

The withdrawal of container contents should be accomplished without delay using aseptic technique. Discard container no later than 4 hours after initial closure puncture.

Recommended storage conditions after opening: keep under laminar flow hood at room temperature.

How is Potassium Chloride Supplied

Potassium Chloride for Injection Concentrate USP (2 mEq K+/mL) is supplied sterile and nonpyrogenic in 250 mL and 500 mL glass containers with solid stoppers, Pharmacy Bulk Packages, packaged 12 per case.

NDC Cat. No. Size
Potassium Chloride for Injection Concentrate USP
0264-1940-10 S9401-11 500 mL
0264-1940-20 S9402-11 250 mL

Exposure of pharmaceutical products to heat should be minimized. Avoid excessive heat (40°C/104°F). Protect from freezing. It is recommended that the product be stored at room temperature (25°C); however, brief exposure up to 40°C does not adversely affect the product.

Rx only

December 2003

Made in USA

B. Braun Medical Inc.

Irvine, CA USA 92614-5895


©2003 B. Braun Medical Inc.

Potassium Chloride (Potassium Chloride)
Product Code 0264-1940 Dosage Form INJECTION
Route Of Administration INTRAVENOUS DEA Schedule
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
Potassium Chloride (Potassium Chloride) Active 14.9 GRAM  In 100 MILLILITER
Water Inactive  
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color Score
Shape Symbol
Imprint Code Coating
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 0264-1940-10 12 BAG In 1 CASE contains a BAG
1 500 MILLILITER In 1 BAG This package is contained within the CASE (0264-1940-10)
2 0264-1940-20 12 BAG In 1 CASE contains a BAG
2 250 MILLILITER In 1 BAG This package is contained within the CASE (0264-1940-20)

Revised: 07/2006

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