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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate (Overview)

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate is a metabolic agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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Who uses sodium polystyrene sulfonate powder (kayexalate) rather than the suspension?

Who uses sodium polystyrene sulfonate powder (kayexalate) rather than the suspension?

See below: Powder is hard to swallow as it tastes bad, and needs to be suspended in a liquid anyway. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
3 doctors shared insights

Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate (Overview)

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate is a metabolic agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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Granfather was prescribed kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) 60gm and then 45gm today and 45gm tomorrow. Shouldnt he be having bm? How long does it take to start workingk?

Granfather was prescribed kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) 60gm and then 45gm today and 45gm tomorrow. Shouldnt he be having bm? How long does it take to start workingk?

Kayex not for BM: Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) is a polystyrene salt resin designed to grab onto the excess potassium (dangerous for heart) while in the intestine. It is not to facilitate bm-it actually increases chance of constipation. So, if he is not having bm, don't rely on kayex to help with that. He will likely need other stimulant to help with bm--maybe lactullose etc..Consult his doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Who uses sodium polystyrene sulfonate powder (kayexalate) rather than the suspension?

See below: Powder is hard to swallow as it tastes bad, and needs to be suspended in a liquid anyway. ...Read more

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Side effects of kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) powder for kidney patient?

Side effects of kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) powder for kidney patient?

Side effects: Common reactions are nausea and gastric irritation. In serious cases, you could have severely low potassium levels, intestinal obstruction/necrosis, and perforation of the bowel wall. ...Read more

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Why use sodium polystyreme sulfonate (kayexalate)?

Why use sodium polystyreme sulfonate (kayexalate)?

See below: Powder is hard to swallow as it tastes bad, and needs to be suspended in a liquid anyway kayexelate is used to decrease the pottassium level in the blood, mainly in patients with kidney disease and decreased kidney function. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to eat food accidentally cooked on polystyrene?

Is it dangerous to eat food accidentally cooked on polystyrene?

Possibly...: If the polystyrene has been designated microwave safe, then it most likely is safe. However, some forms of polystyrene break down more easily than others with heat, and toxins from the plastic might enter the food. If some other form of cooking than microwave was used that has a higher temperature (such as inadvertent cooking in a frying pan, grill, or oven) then i would not eat the food. ...Read more

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How much sodium should an 80lb child consume a day?

How much sodium should an 80lb child consume a day?

It depends.: 1000 to 1500mg/day is a good range to start with. 1500 mg is approximately less than 1 teaspoon. Remember sodium is only but one factor in the developemnt of high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: low sodium?

What is the definition or description of: low sodium?

Low sodium < 135: Normal sodium range from 135 to 145. Low sodium (hyponatremia) is less than 135. Some may have no symptoms at slight decrease in sodium level especially if the level dropped slowly. Rapid decrease or large drop in levels can cause confusion, seizures, coma and even death. Labs should always be rechecked to exclude false abnormal level. ...Read more

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What happens when to your body when you have low sodium?

What happens when to your body when you have low sodium?

Depends how low: A little low (130-140) - no symptoms moderately low (120-130) - fatigue and malaise very low (<120) - risk of seizures and coma; eventual death. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Kayexalate (Definition)

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

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