Kruschen Salts

1 What is Kruschen Salts?

Brand: Kruschen Salts, Ocu-Disal

Generic: Sodium Chloride

Kruschen Salts for oral administration is used to restore electrolytes in the body caused by excessive sweating. Sodium Chloride is just the fancy name for ordinary table salt.

Sodium serves as the main electrolyte in the body, where it plays important roles in nerve impulses, muscle contractions fluid and acid-base balance in the body. Conditions such as diarrhea, excessive sweating, and repeated vomiting can deplete sodium supplies in the body or hyponatremia. Severe hyponatremia can result in symptoms such as lethargy, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, cramps, seizures, and coma.

Doctors prescribe oral Sodium Chloride to prevent the onset of cramps after diarrhea, vomiting, and excessive sweating. Sodium Chloride is also available in intravenous fluids. This section discusses forms of Sodium Chloride for oral administration only.

Sodium Chloride can be available as an over-the-counter and prescription drug.

For treating medical conditions, Sodium Chloride must be used according to doctor’s instructions.

2 What to know before using

Before using Kruschen Salts, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

Make sure you do not have any allergies to Sodium Chloride before using the medicine.

Tell the doctor all your health conditions before receiving Sodium Chloride.

Make sure to notify your doctor if you have the following conditions:

  • Hypertension or uncontrolled high blood pressure levels
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles or abdomen due to fluid retention
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Pre eclampsia or eclampsia of pregnancy
  • If you are on a low-salt diet due to medical reasons

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, notify your doctor before receiving Sodium Chloride.

Administration of Sodium Chloride may place a risk to the unborn baby when given to pregnant patients. Usually, doctors closely supervise the use of Sodium Chloride during pregnancy.

Ask the doctor if it is safe to continue breastfeeding when receiving Sodium Chloride.

3 Proper usage

To use Kruschen Salts properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

Sodium Chloride is available as tablets or powder that are taken by mouth. Follow the dosage indicated on the label. If using Sodium Chloride as a prescription drug, use it according to doctor’s instructions.

Sodium Chloride can be taken with or without food. Always take Sodium Chloride with a full glass (8 oz.) of water.

If you missed a dose of Sodium Chloride, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to original dosing. Do not take two doses of Sodium Chloride at once to make up for the missed dose.

Store Sodium Chloride at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light.

4 Precautions to take

Before using Kruschen Salts, there are some precautions you must take.

Regular intake of Sodium Chloride can cause changes in blood chemistry and volume. The doctor will schedule lab tests while you receive Sodium Chloride. Make sure to keep up with appointments.

Take precautions to avoid dehydration when taking Sodium Chloride. Follow doctor’s recommendations for fluid intake. Note that taking too much fluid is as bad as not drinking enough.

5 Potential side effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Kruschen Salts.

Call the doctor if you experienced the following side effects while taking Sodium Chloride:

  • Severe allergic reaction symptoms such as hives, skin rash, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue or throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Swelling in the hands, feet or legs

Call the doctor if you experienced the following side effects while taking Sodium Chloride:

  • Severe allergic reaction symptoms such as hives, skin rash, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue or throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Swelling in the hands, feet or legs
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