Always take/use Kalinor-retard P 600 mg exactly as described in the instructions in this monograph. Check with the doctor or pharmacist if not sure. The dose depends on the potassium loss to be balanced and will be adapted personally by the doctor. If not prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose is: For prophylaxis of a potassium deficiency in general, 2-3 capsules Kalinor-retard P 600 mg daily (corresponding to 16-24 mmol potassium ions). A dosage of 3x1 capsules daily can be started, then, where necessary, adapted to the personal potassium requirement. For treatment of a potassium deficiency, 5-12 capsules Kalinor-retard P 600 mg daily (corresponding to 40-96 mmol potassium ions). A dosage of 3x2 capsules daily can be started, then, where necessary, adapted to the personal potassium requirement.
Method of administration: The capsules should be swallowed whole at mealtimes with plenty of fluid (at least a water glass full). If having difficulties swallowing capsules, both halves of the capsule can be pulled apart and the contents taken from a spoon. Do not forget to then drink plenty of fluid (at least a water glass full). A daily dose of more than 2 capsules should be taken divided across the day (e.g. mornings, midday, evenings), i.e. divided into 2 or more individual doses.
Duration of use: Continued administration of Kalinor-retard P 600 mg is recommended for as long as the cause of the potassium deficiency persists. In other cases, days to weeks often suffice to balance the potassium deficiency. Please consult the doctor or pharmacist if thinking that the effect of Kalinor-retard P 600 mg is too strong or too weak.
If the patient forgets to take/use Kalinor-retard P 600 mg: If the patient forgets to take Kalinor-retard P 600 mg once, the patient can make up for this later; however, the patient should not take more than 2 capsules at once.
If the patient stops taking/using Kalinor-retard P 600 mg: If the patient should take Kalinor-retard P 600 mg to control a potassium deficiency or to prevent the occurrence of a potassium deficiency, then the intake of potassium through Kalinor-retard P 600 mg is necessary to maintain a balance in the potassium levels. Without taking this additional potassium, the intake of potassium through food is inadequate to cover the current potassium requirement. If the patient interrupts taking Kalinor-retard P 600 mg or stops taking it prematurely, the patient may develop a potassium deficiency, which can have negative effects on the heart and the functioning of nerves and muscles. If there are any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask the doctor or pharmacist.