Slow sodium tablets contain the active ingredient sodium chloride, which is a salt that is normally found dissolved in the body fluids.
Sodium chloride is important in regulating the pressure and flow of fluids between the blood and tissues of the body. It is also important for normal nerve and muscle function.
Low sodium levels in the body can result in muscle cramps, dehydration and low blood pressure. In some long-term conditions, for example ulcerative colitis or kidney disease, excessive sodium chloride is lost from the body. Haemodialysis for kidney failure removes sodium from the blood and can cause muscle cramps during the treatment. Sodium chloride is also lost from the body in urine and sweat.
Sodium chloride tablets are used to replace sodium lost from the body and thereby return sodium chloride levels to normal. This helps reverse the symptoms of sodium depletion.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while taking this one, to make sure that the combination is safe.
Sodium chloride is not known to affect other medicines. However, in people with chronic kidney failure and high blood pressure, sodium chloride tablets may make blood pressure lowering medicines less effective.
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