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Generic Name
Potassium chloride
Trade Name
Risk Category
  • Studies on animals show adverse effect and toxicity on fetus.
  • No adequate and well controlled studies done on pregnant women.
  • Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • electrolyte.
  • For replacement therapy in women with low serum potassium level.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Fetal potassium levels are dependent on maternal potassium levels. Fetal bradycardia may occur in association with maternal hypokalemia.
  • No well controlled human data in first trimester exposure but reported single case of congenital defects in infant exposed to potassium salts: lim reduction defects and hypospadias.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • If maternal serum potassium is in physiologic range, no harm in infants.
  • Other Trade Names
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