Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate

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Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate Uses

Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate is used in the treatment of increased potassium levels in blood. It is used in patients with kidney problems and on dialysis.

How Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate works

Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate is an ion exchange resin. It works by removing extra potassium from your body and brings its levels back to normal. It is useful in patients who have kidney diseases and those on dialysis.

Common side effects of Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate

Vomiting, Nausea, Constipation, Fecal impaction (hardened stool that stays stuck in the rectum or lower colon), Gastric irritation, Decreased appetite
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Expert advice for Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate

  • Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate is used to lower high blood potassium level due to severe kidney diseases.
  • Dissolve or mix this medication with water before taking.
  • Stop taking this medication and inform your doctor if you get constipation after taking it.
  • Do not consume any food or drink that contains sorbitol while you are using this medication.
  • You may need to have regular blood tests to monitor the levels of potassium and other electrolytes, such as calcium, in your blood.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive, or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate

Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate

Q. How would I know if I have high potassium level?

Your doctor will check your blood potassium levels periodically to detect high potassium levels (hyperkalemia). Make sure that you do not miss any future appointments with the doctor.

Q. Are there any medicines to avoid while we take Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate?

Yes, before taking the medicine inform your prescribing doctor if you are taking antacids containing aluminium or magnesium salts, a heart disorder medicine like digoxin, magnesium hydroxide or aluminium carbonate which are used as laxatives. Additionally, the doctors should be informed about any history of use of medicines like thyroxine tablets or Lithium for mania or bipolar disorder.

Q. Can Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate be given in pregnant women?

Consult your doctor before starting this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. It should only be taken when prescribed by the doctor, who will weigh the benefits to the risk involved while using this medicine. This is because there are no data available regarding the use and safety of Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate when used in pregnancy and lactation.

Q. Does Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate cause damage to the gut?

No, it does not damage your gut when prescribed for certain conditions. However, in some cases it can lead to gut damage if you take this medication along with sweetener like sorbitol (used to sweeten food). Using these together can cause narrowing of the gut wall and reduced blood flow to the gut wall. This may cause severe damage to your gut. Therefore, you should avoid using any sorbitol containing food while you take Calcium Polystyrene Sulphonate.

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