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Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Overview)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, calcium in the body.


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What are electrolytes needed for?

What are electrolytes needed for?

Cell function: Different electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium are required for the proper function of the cells of the body. The concentrations of these substances must be tightly regulated for the various activities of these cells. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Holmes
538 doctors shared insights

Electrolytes (Overview)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, calcium in the body.


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What exactly are electrolytes? Why are they important and how can I make sure mine stay balanced?

What exactly are electrolytes?  Why are they important and how can I make sure mine stay balanced?

Electrolytes: Electrolytes are normal chemicals that include sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). The levels can be affected by your body's state of hydration, use of some medications, kidney function, and many medical conditions. If your are well and not taking any medications that alter electrolyte balance, the best way to maintain balance is to keep hydrated and eat a balanced diet. ...Read more

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Treating Heat Stroke (Tip)

Treating Heat Stroke

Ask about hydration for your activities. Discuss electrolyte balance. Learn + +fluids can kill you. ...See more

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Can you tell me how i can replenish electrolytes/hydration?

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

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What is the best treatment for fluid and electrolyte disorders other than taking diuretics and reducing sodium in my diet. Nothing seems to work?

What is the best treatment for fluid and electrolyte disorders other than taking diuretics and reducing sodium in my diet. Nothing seems to work?

< 2000 mg sodium/day: There are many fluid and electrolyte disorders out there, but it sounds like you may be having trouble with edema? Diuretics and sodium restriction are cornerstones to treating edema, however there may be other issues at play. You should have your kidney, heart, and liver function checked, so follow up with your doctor who can provide more directed care. Read food labels! sodium is everywhere! ...Read more

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Can a blood test measure electrolyte levels?

Can a blood test measure electrolyte levels?

Blood values: Yes, the only way you can test for electrolyte levels in the one's blood is by drawing it and sending it to the lab for analysis to what they are. ...Read more

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Is it safe to administer electrolytes and medications in a central venous line?

Yes, however: In hospital, nurses usually check on compatibility of medicines if have to be infused together. Any medicine that could be given IV could be given via a central line. Of course, medicines that are to be given only as im (shot), cannot be given via central line. Infusing meds and lytes via central lines requires specification of rate of infusion depending on the agent and dose to be used. ...Read more

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It is dangerous to run a marathon using Diazoxide? Could it cause an electrolyte imbalance? I need to take it for my hyperinsulinemia

It is dangerous to run a marathon using Diazoxide? Could it cause an electrolyte imbalance? I need to take it for my hyperinsulinemia

Speak to your doctor: You need to discuss with your physician to make sure that running a marathon is the right thing to do with your condition and the medications you are on, that's my advice to you. ...Read more

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I'm on metoprolol, benicar, omeorazole, allegra, synthroid, (thyroxine) and ativan. Will any of these cause liver kidney or electrolyte issues? Or cardiac issues?

I'm on metoprolol, benicar, omeorazole, allegra, synthroid, (thyroxine) and ativan. Will any of these cause liver kidney or electrolyte issues? Or cardiac issues?

Unlikely: I guess the answer depends on whether you are a glass half empty or a glass half full person. You are not likely to have any of those adverse effects from the medications you listed, however there is no medication that is not associated with rare liver toxicity, and several of the medications on the list might have some of the other side effects you listed. Rarely. ...Read more