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Sodium supplements (tablet)

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What does it do?

Sodium supplements increase the amount of sodium in your body.

How should you take it?

Take sodium supplements regularly as directed. Take the tablets with food and a glass of water. Swallow the tablets whole.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Symptoms of too much sodium, including: thirst, headache, dizziness, muscle twitching, weakness, irritability, confusion, swelling, changes in heartbeat

Tell your doctor

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have heart, kidney or bowel problems, or high blood pressure.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Sodium supplements contain sodium chloride – this is the same as table salt. There is also sodium chloride (salt) in your diet – discuss with your doctor.
  • You may see the leftover shell of the tablet in your bowel motions – this is harmless.
  • Sodium supplements is not registered for use in New Zealand. Discuss with your doctor.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. February 2017

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed