Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Ketosteril


Last updated on 16/07/2021.

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DRUG CLASS: Supplements

SUB CLASS: Amino acid derivatives

USED FOR: Protein deficiency, nutritional supplementation


What is Ketosteril?

Ketosteril is a protein supplement which is often used in the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease and dialysis initiation. In kidney diseases, patients often have to restrict protein intake as to prevent further kidney damage. Ketosteril contains ketoanalogues of essential amino acids, which ensure adequate protein intake in patients undergoing low-protein diets.

How to use it?

Ketosteril tablets are taken by mouth. It is best if taken along with a low-protein diet as it helps in delaying the progression of kidney diseases.
For adults, take 4-8 tablets three times daily during meals. Swallow the whole tablet. Do not crush or chew.

What are the side effects of Ketosteril?

Ketosteril is usually well tolerated with little or no side effects.

Who should not take Ketosteril?

– People allergic to any component of the formulation
– Patients with high calcium level in blood
– Patients with disturbed amino acid metabolism

Pharmacist Tips:

– It is always best to consult your doctor or pharmacist before starting any supplement, especially if you already take medication, have health concerns, or are pregnant.

Common dosing schedule:
Take at meal time along with a low-protein diet.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Ketosteril may interact with:

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Ketosteril in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Ketosteril is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Ketosteril (supplement) in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.