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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?

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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Can I use Naproxen Sodium 550mg for Kindney inflammation and ache? And what is the normal dosage?

Can I use Naproxen Sodium 550mg for Kindney inflammation and ache? And what is the normal dosage?

No: If you truly have kidney disease and not just a backache, do not use naproxen or any other NSAID. These agents can compromise kidney function. ...Read more

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Researches show that sodium bicarbonate in small doses significantly delayed the progression of CKD in kidney patients. What is safe dosage? 1gm ok?

Researches show that sodium bicarbonate in small doses significantly delayed the progression of CKD in kidney patients. What is safe dosage? 1gm ok?

No consensus: In 2009 a group at whitechapel published initial findings but this is far from an established fact and the ongoing uncertainty in this very difficult field has been documented by the vienna group. Before you go sodium-loading, get with your nephrologist -- and if you're not being managed by one already, the notion of neutralizing your acid using bicarb is probably moot. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. ...Read more

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What is the max dose of diclofenac sodium 50 mg that can be taken at one time, and the max amount per day?

What is the max dose of diclofenac sodium 50 mg that can be taken at one time, and the max amount per day?

100mg daily. There-: -R multiple forms. Long actin 50, 2-3X/day.100, 1x/day according 2 FDA. So with these dosages it appears the max dose is mor like 159, as there is a 75mg also & rsc is 2X/day. ...Read more

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Wt 86 kg age 46 yrs T4 7.7 TSH 12.86 I am on thyroxine sodium taking 2 tab of 50 mcg now my dr asked me to inc d dose now i m on 3 mcg daily is it ok?

Wt 86 kg age 46 yrs T4 7.7 TSH 12.86 I am on thyroxine sodium taking 2 tab of 50 mcg now my dr asked me to inc d dose now i m on 3 mcg daily is it ok?

Dose could be OK .Wt: The dose could be ok.F/u test could help determining adjustment of dosage, it would also help if weight loss also could be achieved. ...Read more

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Can I take (1) standard 17g dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) in addition to 100mg Docusate Sodium for short term (2-3 days) issues with constipation?

Can I take (1) standard 17g dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) in addition to 100mg Docusate Sodium for short term (2-3 days) issues with constipation?

Yes you can: The most important thing in constipation is hydration and adjusting eating habits to more fruits and vegetables and avoiding pop and soda. I encourage you to eat more fibers. In addition, taking stool softeners and laxatives from time to time might be helpful. ...Read more

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Ive been on Montelukast Sodium 10mg for the past year for allergies & asthma. Whenever I skip a dose, my stomach gurgles & gets an empty feeling. Why?

Ive been on Montelukast Sodium 10mg for the past year for allergies & asthma. Whenever I skip a dose, my stomach gurgles & gets an empty feeling. Why?

Interesting: I have never heard of this effect before but can conjecture that leukotrienes may be causing your stomach symptoms . Since Singulair (montelukast) blocks leukotriene action, omitting it allow the leukotrienes to "attack" your stomach. But this is just a guess. ...Read more

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Friend had thyroid cancer, total thyroidectomy. 15 yr hi-dose Synthroid (thyroxine) as suppression. Kidney eGFR now 47, sodium 131. Any connection likely? Age 70

Friend had thyroid cancer, total thyroidectomy. 15 yr hi-dose Synthroid (thyroxine) as suppression. Kidney eGFR now 47, sodium 131.  Any connection likely? Age 70

Not likely related: Hi. It is not likely the history of thyroid cancer and TSH suppression are related to the low eGFR or hyponatremia. eGFR falls with age, and hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte abnormality we see; both have multiple potential causes, but mild TSH suppression is not a likely one. Your friend can talk with his/her endocrinologist to see if there is any connection or needs further work up ...Read more

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