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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Caffeine On Low Sodium Levels

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more


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How does sodium, caffeine, and alcohol affect calcium levels in the body?

How does sodium, caffeine, and alcohol affect calcium levels in the body?

It's complicated.: Caffeine doesn't have much of an effect on it except slightly as a diuretic. Likewise, alcohol doesn't have much of an effect on it or there'd be calcium problems All The Time. sodium, however, has an exchange with calcium. If the sodium load is high, the calcium control is somewhat messed up. Some diuretics (not caffeine or alcohol though) put sodium in the urine and push calcium back in. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Multiple: There are many different types of treatment. However the treatment varies depending on what type of hyponatremia you have. If you have hyponatremia from dehydration, you must have a liquids that have salt (ckn broth or normal saline) in them. If you had hyponatremia because you retain too much fluid, then you must use a water pill to get rid of the excess water and improve your serum sodium. ...Read more

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I have hyponatremia, low chloride and high TSH 12.8. Sodium went to 116. Many hospitalizations. Take 10 1gr sodium tabs. Fluid res?

I have hyponatremia, low chloride and high TSH 12.8. Sodium went to 116. Many hospitalizations. Take 10 1gr sodium tabs. Fluid res?

Low sodium: You need to see an endocrinologist (ea) as soon as possible. You are hypothyroid (h) with your high tsh. That could be one cause of your low sodium (ls). Ls is a life-threatening situation. See an e, get your h treated with medicine and you may stop the need for your sodium pills and avoid future hospitalizations. You will also begin to feel better. ...Read more

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I have long standing hyponatremia, low chloride plus high TSH 12.8. I have been hospitalized mult times had seizure. Taking 10 1gr sodium. Fluid res?

I have long standing hyponatremia, low chloride plus high TSH 12.8. I have been hospitalized mult times had seizure. Taking 10 1gr sodium. Fluid res?

FInd out why: I trust you are not taking a diuretic for some reason, and I trust you do not have inappropriate ADH (vasopressin) secretion due to porphyria or some other illness. Especially, I hope you don't have undiagnosed addison's disease especially with the high TSH (possible schmidt's). Have you been evaluated for one of the syndromes of renal sodium wasting? ...Read more

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No H-Pylori... Very minor Focal Intestinal Metaplasia... How can I reverse the very very early stages of this? I do eat a fair amount of sodium in foods. I could cut down on that. I also drink a lot of soda and caffeine.

No H-Pylori... Very minor Focal Intestinal Metaplasia... How can I reverse the very very early stages of this? I do eat a fair amount of sodium in foods. I could cut down on that. I also drink a lot of soda and caffeine.

Intestinal metaplasi: This finding occurs in a number of settings- response to H pylori, atrophic gastritis, and in some de novo settings. The risk of neoplasia is still low when an isolated finding, but bears watching. Aside from treatment of helicobacter, other interventions are not known to reverse the change. Depending on the location, (more innocent the more distal the biopsy) just making sure no h.p is best preve ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from hyponatremia (sodium deficiency)?

How much time does it take to recover from hyponatremia (sodium deficiency)?

Water excess: Hi. Hyponatremia is virtually ALWAYS due to water excess, NOT sodium deficiency. Depending on how LOW below normal your sodium is, correction may have to be done fairly gradually to prevent harm. You need to see a competent diagnostician to assess your volume status (fluid overloaded, dehydrated, or normal), and causative conditions, then institute water restriction (or a vaptan drug). Good luck! ...Read more

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Mum had Hyponatremia sodium 108 went to ED. It was BP medication since she came out she is confused it is now 131 how long should she be confused?

Mum had Hyponatremia sodium 108 went to ED. It was BP medication since she came out she is confused it is now 131 how long should she be confused?

Confused: Two things:
1: Please call your mother's doctor!
2: Consider a consult with a Psychologist.

Please keep me posted.

PS: I have two brothers with family in London and I hope to see them in December! Can't wait. ...Read more

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I have been told by my dr. Subscribed 1 gm of sodium chloride 2x's daily for chronic hyponatremia...they cause nausea-vomiting. Could I be allergic?

I have been told by my dr. Subscribed 1 gm of sodium chloride 2x's daily for chronic hyponatremia...they cause nausea-vomiting. Could I be allergic?

Wrong treatment: Hi. The treatment for hyponatremia depends on the patient's volume status (dehydrated, volume over-loaded, or normal volume status) and the underlying cause. The most common cause, SIADH, is treated with water restriction (or one of the new vaptan drugs), NOT by giving salt. Nausea and vomiting can be FROM severe hyponatremia. It wouldn't be a bad idea for you to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Ckd patient with hyponatremia. Is it safe to take 650 mg sodium bicarbonate with 40 mg lasix (furosemide) to prevent water retention? Is sodium bicarbonate renoprotective?

Ckd patient with hyponatremia. Is it safe to take 650 mg sodium bicarbonate with 40 mg lasix (furosemide) to prevent water retention? Is sodium bicarbonate renoprotective?

Depends: Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)) is not reno-protective. However, high acid levels in the blood affect heart function, muscle function and kidney function. Reducing the blood acid level (seen by a rising bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level or pH level) improves muscle function including the heart which improves kidney circulation. It also allows the kidneys to better control potassium levels. You can help the process by avoiding sodas! ...Read more

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Could a runner running in the heat who was drinking a sport drink with only potassium chloride and carbohydrates (no sodium at all) get hyponatremia?

Could a runner running in the heat who was drinking a sport drink with only potassium chloride and carbohydrates (no sodium at all) get hyponatremia?

Yes.: Any drink that doesn't taste like the ocean is mostly water, regardless of whether it contains sodium or not. Long distance runners can be susceptible to hyponatremia, and risk factors include long distances (marathons, ultra-marathons), women, low body weight, inadequate training, and water loading before and during the race, especially if more weight is gained by water than lost by sweat. ...Read more

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Can caffeine cause fatigue and low libido. Bloods are fine, I am on thyroxine but levels are normal, could there be another reason?

Can caffeine cause fatigue and low libido. Bloods are fine, I am on thyroxine but levels are normal, could there be another reason?

Typically not: Caffeine is a stimulant. You may need to adjust your thyroid hormone levels or you may have another hormonal problem. Have your other hormone levels been checked, including testosterone? They may be contributing to the problem or you may have something completely different going on. Have you been evaluated for depression? Ask your doctor to look harder to discover the cause. ...Read more

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How much water would a person have to drink over a period of 12 hours in order to develop hyponatremia? I've drank about 9 cups of fluid in 12 hours, but I feel like that's too much. Also, I have a mildly low K level (3.2), so is that too much H2O?

How much water would a person have to drink over a period of 12 hours in order to develop hyponatremia? I've drank about 9 cups of fluid in 12 hours, but I feel like that's too much. Also, I have a mildly low K level (3.2), so is that too much H2O?

Polydypsia: It is very difficult to abort normal homeostatic mechanisms in the reported manner, forcing the issue will lead to serious consequence; why do you ask?? Low K will cause cardiac and muscle problems, so stop and think. And get help ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect can alcohol and caffeine have on hydration levels of the body?

I'm wondering what effect can alcohol and caffeine have on hydration levels of the body?

Alcohol and caffeine: Both have diuretic effects (excessive urination). So loss of body water through excretion, which could cause dehydration. ...Read more

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Is true that carbonation--disregarding sugar and caffeine--lowers stamina levels?

Is true that carbonation--disregarding sugar and caffeine--lowers stamina levels?

Burping No! Stamina?: Carbonation is simply CO2 dissolved in water, the same way we transport CO2 generated by our cells, body wide, back to our lungs to exhale with each breath. It is this CO2 concentration, & its second by second effect on blood pH, which determines our brain stem drive to increase/decrease our rate of breathing; Not O2. What lead to a concern about stamina? ↑ed ingested carbonation would ↑ burping. ...Read more

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What can I do to boost my energy level in the morning without caffeine?

What can I do to boost my energy level in the morning without caffeine?

Low energy: Be sure to live a healthy life style. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol. No recreational drugs etc. Learn how to get a good nights sleep, every night. Exercise regularly during the day, and not at night. Don't sleep with tv on and limit tv in evening. Keep weight in healthy range. Make sure you do not have sleep apnea causing loss of sleep. Get a check up to be sure you are well. ...Read more

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Quitting caffeine for after being on/off it for years;and on it for last 2 months. Feeling weak+low. How long before energy and mood recover completely?

Quitting caffeine for after being on/off it for years;and on it for last 2 months. Feeling weak+low. How long before energy and mood recover completely?

It depends: Well it depends if the weakens and low feelings is due to the caffeine or something else. If it is just due to your caffeine habit it might take around a couple (2-3) weeks. But if you are still feeling weak, tired and low. It might be something else like hypothyroidism or anemia or something else. If you still feel tired after a couple of weeks I suggest you should visit your doctor. ...Read more

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How much more caffeine is in a cup of dunkin donuts turbo coffee than regular? Is it alot? It's from the store & the levels of caffeine are not listed

A lot of caffeine: A cup of dunkin donuts turbo has 436 mg of caffeine which is about 3 times that of a regular cup of coffee 133 mg. Drink responsibly even coffee can give you a jolt if you are sensitive to caffeine. ...Read more

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Caffeine level in blood has increased. What problems I might face? What should I do?

Caffeine level in blood has increased. What problems I might face? What should I do?

Decaffinate: There is not nearly enough info for good answer, as no one checks caffeine level outside of nicu, they all make clinical decisions, and it getting too much, you must reduce your intake. Risks are heart rhythm problems, possibly heart injury/attack, vascular injury (stroke/bleed), kidney injury. Reduce caffeine intake and talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have low energy, but don't want to rely on caffeine or other stimulants. Any suggestions?

I have low energy, but don't want to rely on caffeine or other stimulants. Any suggestions?

Sleep: The first step to having more energy is to make sure you are getting plenty of sleep. A balanced diet, staying hydrated and getting plenty of exercise can also increase your energy level without needing caffeine. ...Read more

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Describe how caffeine can affect your stress level. How does it affect your cardiorespiratory system?

Describe how caffeine can affect your stress level. How does it affect your cardiorespiratory system?

Caffeine = stimulant: So it adds to physiological arousal that stress can produce. It will increase heart rate, alertness, and insomnia in some people. It can decrease fatigue and improve concentration. If you have high stress or anxiety, caffeine would not be recommended. ...Read more

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Had unexpl. Palps/tachy a wk ago. Ever since, I've been getting weird chest feelings. Bp at foll/up appt. Was low for me. Doc says caffeine. Skeptical?

Had unexpl. Palps/tachy a wk ago. Ever since, I've been getting weird chest feelings. Bp at foll/up appt. Was low for me. Doc says caffeine. Skeptical?

Discuss with doc: Avoid caffeinated beverages. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) may also precipitate palpitations, if that is a new med for you. Get an ekg when you are having palpitations. If palps persist, you may benefit from a heart monitor - talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Has it really been shown that high levels of caffeine can cause a heart attack?

Has it really been shown that high levels of caffeine can cause a heart attack?

Not alone: Have to have other risk factors and blockage of coronaries
smoking with your coffee is not a help! ...Read more

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What can I do to change my energy level for the better, and lose the caffeine addiction?

What can I do to change my energy level for the better, and lose the caffeine addiction?

Increase exercise: Exercsie and sleep will increase stamina. Stay hydrated, avoid tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine. Expect the first few days off caffeine to be difficult as you are withdrawing. Eat fruit and vegetables for your glucose and avoid candy if possible. If you are starting an exercise regiman the increased protein in your diet will help. ...Read more

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What to do if I just read that consuming high levels of caffeine can cause a heart attack. Is that true?

What to do if I just read that consuming high levels of caffeine can cause a heart attack. Is that true?

Not alone: Have to have other risk factors and blockage of coronaries
smoking with your coffee is not a help! ...Read more

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Are there interactions between Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) (40mg) and caffeine (150mg)? Specifically, is caffeine expected to impact bioavailability or fatigue levels?

Are there interactions between Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) (40mg) and caffeine (150mg)? Specifically, is caffeine expected to impact bioavailability or fatigue levels?

Additive effect: Both drugs are stimulants. The combination can lead to greater toxicity including irritability and cardiac rhythm problems. ...Read more

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Can caffeine help you lose weight or does it cause weight gain? I know that it can have an effect on insulin levels.

Can caffeine help you lose weight or does it cause weight gain? I know that it can have an effect on insulin levels.

Insignificant effect: You are aware of the obesity epidemic we have in this country. A significant number of whom, drink coffee daily. Not a magic cure, unfortunately. What works is low carb, low fat, smaller portions, chew your food well, eat to live (not live to eat)and only when hungry. ...Read more