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I drank 3 16oz of water and I think I have water intoxication?

I drank 3 16oz of water and I think I have water intoxication?

Be careful: Water intoxication can lead to hyposmolality. When the sodium of the blood goes down the brain swells. The brain is kind of an osmometer; it behaves like a red cell in water. If the water is low in sodium the brain swell like a red cell. Therefore brain swelling can lead to alteration of mental status and epileptic seizures.The homeostasis of the animal oragnism has its own defenses; at to a point. ...Read more

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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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Water Intoxication (Definition)

Water intoxication is a condition that occurs when someone drinks an excessive amount of water to the point of diluting the normal salt content of the blood. This can potentially cause swelling of the brain, and problems with the electrical ...Read more


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Is it possible to suffer from water intoxication drinking about 3 to 4 liters after a heavy meal?

Is it possible to suffer from water intoxication drinking about 3 to 4 liters after a heavy meal?

No: Usually seen in psychiatric disorders, water intoxication occurs causing a low sodium level , with generally 15 to 20 liters intake. The kidney can dilute the urine and get rid of water quite well unless it is overwhelmed with that amount. The sudden lowering of sodium can cause serious neurological problems. ...Read more

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I have to run to the bathroom every 15 min .. I have been drinking a lot of water lately. Im just nervous that it's a sign of water intoxication.

Stomach flu: The stomach flu is caused by a virus that attacks your gastrointestinal system. There is no cure for the stomach flu. The remedies are: good rest, plenty of fluids intake, plain food like crackers, cereal, toast and rice. Take NSAID over the counter and tincture of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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From a week i had water intoxication from drinking 8 litres i vomited twice. I made a CT and soduim its normal but the headache continual till now ?

From a week i had water intoxication from drinking 8 litres i vomited twice. I made a CT and soduim its normal but the headache continual till now ?

See neurologists if: Headaches persist. You do not give the cause of the water intoxication, and how severe it was. It may take a long time before your sodium levels are back to normal, and headache may persist for some time. If it has been a week or more since the correction of your electrolytes and you still have headache, talk to your pcp or ask to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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I just drank 40 ounces of water after race. Will I get water intoxication?

I just drank 40 ounces of water after race. Will I get water intoxication?

Probably not: If only 40 oz of water, water intoxication (hyponatremia) is unlikely. Still, caution is advised. Women, users of nsaids (motrin, aleve, (naproxen) ibuprofen, ), people in relatively poor shape have greatest chance of developing this condition. Usually, if you will develop water intoxication in setting of running long race, symptoms will become apparent very soon after completion of race/ingestion of water. ...Read more

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I just drank 48 ounces of water, will I get water intoxication in a few minutes?

Not likely: Your renal system can excrete a water load of this size, which is about the size of four canned beverages. People with impaired renal function may not. Compulsive water drinking, a psychiatric condition, involves ingestion of larger volumes and results in low sodium, a potentially harmful problem, exercise induced hyponatremia is a condition seen during marathons from excess drinking. ...Read more

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My friend drank a lot of water today to pass a drug test, and now he is experiencing symptoms of water intoxication. How worried should I be?

Worry.: I'd worry about 2 things. First, he abuses drugs- very unhealthy and leads to an early death. Second, if he is exhibiting signs of water intoxication, i would get him to the emergency room right now! ...Read more