What is RenaKare?
RenaKare is prescription potassium gluconate used as an oral supplement for animals with potassium deficiency. Low blood potassium is a serious condition and animals with prolonged vomiting or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.
Who is it for?
RenaKare is for multiple species including dogs.
What are the benefits?
||Prescription potassium gluconate for the treatment of potassium deficiency, often resulting from kidney disease
||RenaKare replenishes potassium levels for proper body function
||Available in multiple dosage forms for ease of administration
RenaKare is prescription potassium gluconate used to treat low blood potassium levels, often occurring as a result of kidney disease. Potassium is an electrolyte necessary to maintain almost all cellular functions, including the transmission of nerve impulses and the contraction of muscles. RenaKare is available in gel, tablet, and powder form.
How does RenaKare work?
RenaKare treats hypokalemia by providing a source of potassium.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
How is it given?
RenaKare potassium oral supplements are given by mouth. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
What results can I expect?
RenaKare will help to bring the potassium in the blood and in the cells back to normal. It may take several days of treatment to achieve that. In most cases, RenaKare will need to be given long-term.
What form(s) does it come in?
Oral supplements are available in gel, tablet and powder form.
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering RenaKare?
Talk to your veterinarian about what type of outcome is expected. Have your veterinarian explain the other treatment options that may be available to treat your pet's condition. Understand what exams and laboratory testing may be necessary while your pet is taking RenaKare.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism) or heart disease.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking. Also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has vomiting or diarrhea while on RenaKare. Follow your veterinarian's directions carefully; dosages may change depending upon laboratory results.
Who should not take it?
Do not use in animals with hyperkalemia (high potassium blood levels), severe kidney disease, acute dehydration, untreated Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism), or hemolysis (breakdown of red blood cells). Do not use tablet forms in animals with constipation. Use with caution in animals with heart disease, particularly those taking the medication digoxin.
What side effects may be seen when taking RenaKare?
May cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, especially if not given with food.
How is it stored?
Store tightly closed at room temperature, between 59-86°F. Because the gel is flavored and appealing to animals, store in a secure area to prevent an accidental overdose. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet RenaKare?
Consult your veterinarian before giving potassium supplementation with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, enalapril, digoxin, spironolatone, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), or carprofen (Rimadyl), since interactions may occur.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the
Patient Information Sheet on this medication.