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Review: could Potassium chloride cause Atrial fibrillation?

Summary: Atrial fibrillation could be caused by Potassium chloride, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take Aspirin, and have Atrial fibrillation.

We study 900 people who have side effects while taking Potassium chloride from FDA and social media. Among them, 17 have Atrial fibrillation. Find out below who they are, when they have Atrial fibrillation and more.

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On Apr, 10, 2014: 902 people reported to have side effects when taking Potassium chloride. Among them, 20 people (2.22%) have Atrial Fibrillation. They amount to 0.01% of all the 382,583 people who have Atrial Fibrillation on eHealthMe.

Trend of Atrial fibrillation in Potassium chloride reports

Time on Potassium chloride when people have Atrial fibrillation * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Atrial fibrillation0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%50.00%0.00%50.00%

Gender of people who have Atrial fibrillation when taking Potassium chloride * :

FemaleMale
Atrial fibrillation45.00%55.00%

Age of people who have Atrial fibrillation when taking Potassium chloride * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Atrial fibrillation0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%5.26%5.26%89.47%

Severity of Atrial fibrillation when taking Potassium chloride ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Atrial fibrillation0.00%66.67%33.33%0.00%

How people recovered from Atrial fibrillation ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Atrial fibrillation0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Atrial fibrillation (3 people, 15.00%)
  2. Iron overload (3 people, 15.00%)
  3. Hypertension (3 people, 15.00%)
  4. Myelodysplastic syndrome (3 people, 15.00%)
  5. Back pain (2 people, 10.00%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (6 people, 30.00%)
  2. Furosemide (6 people, 30.00%)
  3. Coumadin (6 people, 30.00%)
  4. Hydrochlorothiazide (5 people, 25.00%)
  5. Potassium chloride 10meq (4 people, 20.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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