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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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What is better for you to drink, water or gatorade? I heard the sodium in sports drink is not good for you! Thanks

What is better for you to drink, water or gatorade? I heard the sodium in sports drink is not good for you! Thanks

Sports drinks: You are better off w/water. Sports drinks can contain sugar, artificial colors, sodium, etc. An alternative to water would be lemonade or iced tea you make yourself. Peace and good health. ...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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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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Does drinking water with table salt prevents hyponatremia during severe vomitting?

Does drinking water with table salt prevents hyponatremia during severe vomitting?

Hyponatremia is: Very uncommon with just an episode of vomiting unless it is very prolonged, and by then most people would have sought medical attention. Heavily salted water can lead to further GI problems and further dehydration. Gatorade, pedilyte and similar preparations are safer and more effective, ...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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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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Should we drink more water during hyponatremia?

Should we drink more water during hyponatremia?

Usu not plain h2O: Hyponatremia refers to low blood sodium concentration, and there are many types, but all can be cosidered low sodium relative to high water content in blood. Some is related to dehydration, and can be treated by hydration with water*sodium (like saline iv). Other types are pure excess water, and treatment includes restricting. ...Read more

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Could drinking 80 oz. Of water a day cause hyponatremia?

Could drinking 80 oz. Of water a day cause hyponatremia?

Depends: In a person with normal kidney function, the exceess/unneccessary/free water is easily excreted.

In patients with abnormal function (low gfr), patients with dehydration (excess water reabsorption), patients taking certain diuretics, on certain medications or in certain diseases, the absorption of water can be increased inappropriately. ...Read more

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Is beer an acceptable alternative to water in cases of hyponatremia?

No: Beer although high in sodium will not cause your body sodium to increase to normal levels assuming you are well below the 135 meq/l as the low end of normal. I would say that your sodium loss is more renal. Are you on BP meds?
You need to find out the cause of the low sodium and this may require more testing. Do not wait too long though. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if hyponatremia is water intoxication?

Does anyone know if hyponatremia is water intoxication?

Yes: Respectfully, this is a spectrum of the same problem.
When some is losing sodium through sweat and replacing losses with water (not salts + water), the salt to water ratio drops. This is called hyponatremia.
When hyponatremia develops quickly, the brain cells swell and this alters cognition and can cause a seizure. The spectrum from nausea to seizure can be considered water intoxication. ...Read more

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If sodium is low will lasik water pill work. 40 mg does not seem to be working.

If sodium is low will lasik water pill work. 40 mg does not seem to be working.

Talk to you MD: There are several reasons for low sodium. You need to discuss this with a physician to get some more testing and you should be examined. Lasix (furosemide) could be harmful in some cases and may lower your sodium more. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to put sea salt in my water? I have chronically low sodium and chloride in my blood.

Would it be safe to put sea salt in my water? I have chronically low sodium and chloride in my blood.

???: Why. This will make you sick and that is about all how low is your sodium? It may correct itself. Otherwise there are other remedies ...Read more

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I saw a cardiologist everything looks great except He recommends I drink salt water? For low BP if I want Why is this? He said something about sodium?

I saw a cardiologist everything looks great except He recommends I drink salt water? For low BP if I want Why is this? He said something about sodium?

Salty: Saltwater causes your body to retain water. This keeps your intravascular volume higher. That will raise your blood pressure. If you have any dizziness it's because of low pressure. He is trying to counteract that by increasing your intravascular volume ...Read more

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Is sodium 132 low? Why do you retain water if low sodium? Kidney and heart in great shape.

Is sodium 132 low? Why do you retain water if low sodium? Kidney and heart in great shape.

Low sodium: You have what is known as a "dilutional hyponatremia" (d), "hyponatremia" means "low sodium". Your sodium (n) goes down because the same amount of n is found in an increased amount of fluid in the body. This is found in patients who have edema, or who takie in a large amount of water. Patients with d usually have edema, . ...Read more

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Tumors on adrenals - does drinking gatorade and adding salt to everything alter your aldesterone levels? Show low sodium in blood work.

Tumors on adrenals - does drinking gatorade and adding salt to everything alter your aldesterone levels? Show low sodium in blood work.

May help will not cu: You need cure, hormone producing tumors do cause electrolyte imbalance, problem has to be corrected, most of them are amenable for surgical cure, gatorade will provide 250 mg of sodium, 30 gm of carbohydrate added calories may not be good, if you need sodium add more salt in your diet speak to you doctor for long term solution of your problem. ...Read more

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I put on 1 dress size just before n during my menses. Is there anyway I can reduce d water retention? I take low sodium n less oil diet

I put on 1 dress size just before n during my menses. Is there anyway I can reduce d water retention? I take low sodium n less oil diet

Lots of options: Birth control methods will help with this especially those that minimize your bleeding time or delay the onset of periods. Some pills like loestrin 24/4 give you a very limited hormone withdrawal which will help you. Seasonique is a brand which only gives you 3 periods a year. Some doctors will give a diuretic medication before your cycle to help prevent water retention. ...Read more

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Is eating fresh water fish wiser than eating salt water fish becoz of its low sodium content, when u want 2 increase protein intake for bodybuilding?

Is eating fresh water fish wiser than eating salt water fish becoz of its low sodium content, when u want 2 increase protein intake for bodybuilding?

NOT really: Sodium content of saltwaterr fish vs. Fish water fish is apron. Equal. Shellfish (clam, oysters) and crucateans (crabs, shrimp lobsters) has 3-4 x the sodium per dry weight. Unless the fish is pickled (like herring) or actually slated there should be not restriction in a weight builders diet. ...Read more

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Could my water retention for last two years be due to an undetected small cell lung cancer. Sodium has also been low over this time but pet/ct clear.

It is extremely: Unlikely that you would survive for two years with undetected and untreated SCLC. Therefore it is unlikely that water retention would be caused by undetected SCLC. Low sodium and "water retention" suggests to me that you are over hydrated. Restrict your total fluid intake to <1.2 Liter/24 hours for three weeks and see if your retention resolves and your sodium improves. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of chronic dehydration with slightly low potassium and sodium? I drink 90oz of water a day and put salt on almost all my food.

What could be the cause of chronic dehydration with slightly low potassium and sodium? I drink 90oz of water a day and put salt on almost all my food.

Fluid balance: The explanation may be complex. Albuterol in high doses can cause low blood potassium. Otherwise, if you are drinking over 90 oz fluid per day and adding salt, and are still appearing dehydrated to your practitioner, then you must be losing fluid and some Na and K from your body somewhere. Possibilities are GI, skin, or kidneys. Some kidney dz cause just that: fluid loss, Na loss, and K loss. ...Read more