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what is this: potassium CL ER 20MEQTB(ETHE)
I assume potassium chloride but then there is the ER 20MEQTB(ETHE)

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Infinity08Commented:
CL = chloride
ER = ??
MEQ = mEq = milli-equivalents
TB = TAB = tablets
ETHE = ??
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Infinity08Commented:
ETHE if i'm not mistaken should be the brand name, although it doesn't sound familiar
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Infinity08Commented:
and

ER = extended release
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nickg5Author Commented:
adding points..........

would anyone know why a person would be prescribed such a medication?
I thought potassium chloride was deadly.
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Infinity08Commented:
So, those are

ingredient : potassium chloride (KCl)
dosage form : tablets, extended release
strength : 20 mEq
brand : ETHE (?)

Some more info :
Potassium is vital in the human body and oral potassium chloride is the common means to replenish it, although it can also be diluted and given intravenously. It can be used as a salt substitute for food, but due to its weak, bitter, unsalty flavor, it is usually mixed with regular salt, sodium chloride, for this purpose to improve the taste. Medically it is used in the treatment of hypokalemia and associated conditions, for digitalis poisoning, and as an electrolyte replenisher. Brand names include K-Dur®, Klor-Con®, Micro-K®, and Kaon Cl®. Side effects can include gastrointestinal discomfort including nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding of the gut. Overdoses cause hyperkalemia which can lead to paresthesia, cardiac conduction blocks, fibrillation and arrhythmias, also sclerotic effects.
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nickg5Author Commented:
so............potassium Chloride extended release 20 milli-equivalent tablet (ethe)
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Infinity08Commented:
I'm still not sure about the ETHE part, so maybe someone else can shed some light on that.
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nickg5Author Commented:
I found this:
100 K-Dur tablets (each tablet containing 750 mg KCl or 10 mEq potassium)
and
30 Klor-Con tablets (each tablet containing 750 mg KCl or 10 mEq potassium)

so if 750 mg KCL = 10mEq potassium then
the potassium CL ER 20MEQTB(ETHE) would equal 1500mg..........or maybe not.......since this was potassium chloride and not K-Dur or Klor-Con

one of my neighbors died, possibly of an overdose of something. No one really knows. She might have woken up and was drousy and took more medication and accidentally took the wrong one. She was taking alot of things including morphine. Her husband moved out and they sold me the mobile home. The police said just throw out all the medications During this process the bottle of potassium chloride was found. So, I wondered what she might have been taking it for and whether is could have had anything to do with her death. The bottle was for 60 tablets and 22 were missing and the daily dose was prescribed at 2 per day.
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ridCommented:
The body is supposed to sustain a certain electrolytic balance, among other things between Na and K (sodium and potassium). They must balance properly for nervous impulses to work properly, as those are based partly on exchange of these ions through cell membranes in nerve cells. Certain medical conditions call for additional K to be taken. Excessive intake can result in disturbances of the heart (arrythimia, I believe can occur) and is not to be taken lightly.
/RID
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