Potassium Chloride (Klor-Con) Medicare Coverage

Potassium Chloride
Chemical name: Potassium Chloride

Brand name: Klor-Con, K-Tab, others

Typical dosage: 20meq

Typical type: Tablet1

Potassium chloride is a supplement to help treat low potassium levels. It is available as a brand name or as a generic and comes as a variety of different dosage forms, typically as a tablet.

Potassium chloride is used to treat low potassium levels. Brand name equivalents of potassium chloride include Klor-Con, K-Tab and Micro-K, among others.

Potassium is a very important element that helps the heart, brain and muscles work properly.

Potassium doses are typically divided throughout the day to avoid stomach upset. The most common side effects include upset stomach, diarrhea and gas.

Does Medicare cover Potassium Chloride or Klor-Con?

Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Potassium chloride.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). Most Medicare Advantage beneficiaries (88 percent) are enrolled in MA-PDs.2

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Potassium chloride.

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Average costs for Potassium Chloride with Medicare drug coverage1

Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.

Deductible stage Typical copay stage
Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.

In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.

Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.

During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
$1 – $38 $Free – $38

Additional information

Potassium chloride should be taken with food and a full glass of water.

Talk to your doctor if you experience signs of high potassium levels including an abnormal heartbeat, inability to think clearly, weakness, lightheadedness or dizziness, numbness, tingling or shortness of breath.

Also contact your doctor if you have any signs of extreme stomach problems including black, tarry or bloody stools or intense stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea.

 

 

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.

 

Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.

Copyright © 2019 TZ Insurance Solutions LLC. All rights reserved.

1 GoodRx. Potassium Chloride. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/potassium-chloride-er.

2 Jacobson, Gretchen; et al. A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage. (Nov. 13, 2018). Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage.

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