A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Euro K in the UK
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This medication must not be taken by those who have high levels of potassium in their blood, or those who are using a potassium-sparing diuretic.
Your blood will often be tested to make sure that the medication is working for you. Your heart rate may be checked through an ECG. These tests will help your doctor determine how long you will need to continue taking this medication.
Your dosage will be according to the prescription provided by your doctor. You must not stop taking this medicine once you have started taking it. Consult your doctor before stopping the use of K-Dur. If you stop taking the medication without consulting with your doctor, your condition might worsen.
The K-Dur tablets are not to be crushed, chewed, broken or sucked on for an extended release. Sucking on the tablets might irritate your mouth or throat. It would be best to take this medication either with food or after a meal. If you are having difficulty swallowing the K-Dur tablet, you can dissolve the tablet in water.
Store it at room temperature. Do not take 2 doses at once.
K-Dur includes 1500 mg potassium chloride.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart problems, kidney problems, high levels of potassium in the blood.
Serious side effects of potassium include: