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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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate (Definition)

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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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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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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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When are there side effects of docusate sodium?

GI mostly, : Can cause diarrhea, cramps, elctrolyte (blood chemistry) abnormalities, rarely rash or throat irritation. Side effects within 1-3 days. ...Read more

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I am having side effects of warfarin sodium? What do I do?

I am having side effects of warfarin sodium? What do I do?

Change meds: consider switching to newer anticoagulant such as Xarelto or injectable medications. Xarelto is generally well tolerated and does not require blood testing. ...Read more

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Last night me and my husband took a teaspoon of sodium carbonate by mistake thinking it was bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). No side effects yet. Should we worry?

Last night me and my husband took a teaspoon of sodium carbonate by mistake thinking it was bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate).  No side effects yet. Should we worry?

If no side effects : Sodium carbonate or soda ash is not poisonous but can be an irritant.So if you dont feel any irritation in your mouth, esophagus or stomach than you should be alright and there will be no problem. ...Read more

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What are all the side effects of diclofenac sodium tablets?

What are all the side effects of diclofenac sodium tablets?

Like all NSAIDs: Gi upset, increase bp, gastric bleeding, liver tests elevation, allergic reaction. This is similar to other nsaids except it may have more risk of increased liver tests. ...Read more

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