Kayexalate(Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate)
Kayexalate Drug Information
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Kayexalate is used to treat a high level of potassium in your blood. Too much potassium in your blood can sometimes cause heart rhythm problems. Sodium polystyrene sulfonate works by helping your body get rid of extra potassium.
How to Use Kayexalate
Take Kayexalate by mouth, or use it rectally as directed by your doctor. If you are taking Kayexalate by mouth, take it usually 1 to 4 times a day as directed by your doctor. To prepare the liquid suspension, carefully measure the prescribed dose of the powder and mix it with the prescribed amount of water or flavored syrup as directed. Stir well and drink the entire dose. Stay upright (sitting, standing, or walking) and do not lie down for at least an hour after your dose. Consult your doctor for details. Sodium polystyrene sulfonate may decrease your absorption of other medications. Take your other medications as directed by your doctor, usually at least 3 hours before or 3 hours after sodium polystyrene sulfonate. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information or if you have any questions. To give Kayexalate rectally as an enema, use the prescribed dose usually every 6 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for directions on how to prepare and mix the dose into a suspension and how to use the enema. Follow instructions for the use of a cleansing enema both before and after your dose of sodium polystyrene sulfonate. The cleansing enema after each rectal dose of Kayexalate should be a non-sodium-containing enema. Stir the suspension well, and use it soon after mixing. Do not store the mixture for more than 24 hours. Do not heat Kayexalate because it may not work as well. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not use more of Kayexalate or use it for longer than directed because your potassium blood level may drop too low. Keep all laboratory and medical appointments so your doctor can check your potassium blood level.
Before using sodium polystyrene sulfonate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Kayexalate may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Kayexalate contains a large amount of salt (sodium). Do not use salt substitutes that contain potassium without asking your doctor first. If you have any of these conditions, follow your doctor'kidney problems, heart failure, high blood pressure, swelling hands/ankles/feet. Before using Kayexalate, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,stomach/intestine/bowel problems (such as inflammatory bowel disease, bowel obstruction, chronic constipation, fecal impaction), low level of potassium in the blood. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Older adults may be at greater risk for severe constipation. Kayexalate must not be given by mouth to newborns, especially premature infants. Also, newborns with slow gut function must not use Kayexalate. Caution is advised when using Kayexalate rectally in newborns and children. They may be more sensitive to the side effects of Kayexalate, especially severe constipation and intestinal problems. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Kayexalate. Kayexalate does not pass into breast milk and is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Kayexalate, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
See also How to Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.antacids/laxatives that contain aluminum/calcium/magnesium (such as aluminum carbonate, aluminum hydroxide, calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide). Do not use any laxatives that contain sorbitol with Kayexalate. Doing so may increase your risk of intestinal problems. See also Side Effects section.
Kayexalate Side Effects
What are Kayexalate side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Kayexalate may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Kayexalate as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Kayexalate
The side effects of Kayexalate may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Kayexalate. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Kayexalate may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Kayexalate, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Kayexalate.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Kayexalate, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Kayexalate and the side effects associated with Kayexalate are described in the following:
Common Kayexalate Side Effects
Less Frequent Kayexalate Side Effects
- fecal impaction
Rare or Very Rare Kayexalate Side Effects
- gastrointestinal ulcer
- gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- gastrointestinal perforation
- gastrointestinal concretion
- ischemic colitis
- intestinal ischemic necrosis
Store tightly closed at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. After mixing, use the suspension within 24 hours. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Kayexalate when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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