Potassium chloride and potassium citrate—they’re both potassium so they should be the same, right? The names of these medications look nearly identical and can be extremely confusing, but you should know that these different forms of potassium treat different conditions and can’t be substituted for each other.
Low potassium levels may be due to diet, a side effect of medications, diarrhea and vomiting, sweating, or certain diseases.
Kidney stones are crystal-like structures that form in the body usually as a result of excess amounts of uric acid or calcium. Kidney stone formation can be due to diet, certain diseases, genetics, or a side effect of medications.
What is the brand name of potassium citrate?
In what dosages and forms are potassium chloride and potassium citrate available?
Potassium Chloride is available in 8 mEq, 10 mEq, 15 mEq, 20 mEq, 25 mEq, 40 mEq, and 50 mEq strengths, and in the following forms: tablet, capsule, effervescent tablet, powder packet, and liquid.
Potassium citrate is only available as a tablet, in 540 mg, 1080 mg, and 1620 mg (equivalent to 5 mEq, 10 mEq, and 15 mEq) strengths.