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Effer-K does not contain lactose

Many of the questions we get about Effer-K® are ones we are used to answering. But, occasionally, we get an inquiry that challenges us to learn even more about our product.

A few weeks ago we received a call from a pediatric nurse practitioner who wanted to prescribe Effer-K® to a child who needed potassium supplementation. She was excited about the Unflavored Effer-K® because it could be effervesced (and go undetected) in the child’s favorite drink. This child, however, was severely lactose intolerant, so the nurse practitioner was wondering if Effer-K® contained lactose?

After a bit of research we were able to confirm that Effer-K® does not contain lactose and is safe for patients who are lactose intolerant. What we were surprised to learn is that lactose can be found in many non-dairy products such as some types of bread, lunch meat and cereal. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “lactose is also present in about 20 percent of prescription medications, and about 6 percent of over-the-counter medications.” Fortunately, though, not in Effer-K®.

Effer-K a Friend to the Calorie Watcher

Effer-K is a Friend to the Calorie Watcher

We recently had a physician from BJC Health Care ask us if Effer-K would be suitable for individuals watching their caloric intake.  This physician knew that Effer-K is a reliable means to replenish potassium levels, but what about the calories??  Fortunately, we have some good news.

Effer-K comes in three different dosages: 10, 20 and 25 mEq with a variety of 8 flavors between the three dosages. Below is a chart of all the Effer-K dosages and the corresponding number of calories.  Pretty miniscule.

Effer-K Products Calories
Effer-K 10 mEq Unflavored 2.4
Effer-K 10 mEq Cherry Vanilla 2.3
Effer-K 20 mEq Unfavored 4.8
Effer-K 20 mEq Orange Cream 4.5
Effer-K 25 mEq Unflavored 6.0
Effer-K 25 mEq Lemon Citrus 5.7
Effer-K 25 mEq Orange 5.4
Effer-K 25 mEq Cherry Berry 5.4

We try to answer all questions physicians and patients may have about Effer-K, so if there additional information we can help with, please feel free to contact us or comment on this post. We will respond and get back to you as soon as possible.

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