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Dehydration Electrolyte Abnormality
Depends: Lots of potential problems. Abnormalities in sodium, potassium, magnesium are not uncommon. Abnormalities in glucose (not an electrolyte) are common. Careful monitoring, and appropriate changes in formulas, or Insulin dosing can help keep these down to a minimum. Some patients have been able to be maintained on long-term TPN (>10-15 yrs) in good health. Infection always a risk too. ...Read more
What is the difference between electrolyte imbalance and dehydration? What are symptoms of both to look for?
1=the other: U should always maintain proper hydration. Dehydration leads 2 electrolyte imbalance. Even if u do not sweat a lot in the heat, u have insensible water and electrolyte loss especially if active in the sun u can b fooled by a breeze 2 think u r ok. Water & a sports drink will b the best. Or some of the old school use salt tablets, but a gator aide like replacement is best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was prescribed Dexilant 60 mg for 8 weeks to heal my gastritis. Should I be concerned about anything? Electrolyte abnormalities?
Not a concern: Generally speaking Dexilant for a short course of treatment should not cause electrolyte imbalance or any other problems. This medication blocks the acid production in your stomach. Acid is actually an important factor in digestion. So long term use, beyond 6-8 weeks should be monitored a bit more closely. It can reduce some vitamin levels and may affect long term bone density. ...Read more
Will chronic diarreah cause malnutrition &/or electrolyte abnormalities even if I consume a lot of sodium/potassium to compensate daily?? N
May need more attn: Unfortunately many things can be lost through the stool depending on the cause, duration, and amount of stool passage. You may want to check with your physician or GI specialist to obtain more details on why you are having the chronic diarrhea. They can make sure your electrolytes and nutrition are treated appropriately and moreover find a cause and treatment for the diarrhea. ...Read more
Will taking linzess for IBS long term cause electrolyte abnormalities? I have chronically low potassium but doc still prescribed it?
Can dehydration cause a buildup of potassium in electrolyte blood tests without any other signs of kidney damage in tests?
Dehydration: If you become dehydrated enough the blood flow to the kidneys can decrease and kidney failure can occur. If the kidney failure is bad enough and if one is on certain medications such as potassium, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, spironolactone high potassium can occur. With dehydration the kidneys are not damaged and will recover with hydration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Replenishment: You can replenish both electrolytes and water by drinking liquids such as gatorade that have both. Citric juices are also good sources of fluids and potassium. If you're volume depleted, from lack of water intake, drinking water is the best, fastest and cheapest way to cure your dehydration. ...Read more
Homemade 'Lytes: The who has lots of resources online about types of dehydration solutions, but here is a simple recipe adapted from rehydrate.Org: -six (6) level teaspoons of sugar -half (1/2) level teaspoon of salt -one litre (~ 4.5 cups) of clean drinking or boiled and cooled water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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