Saturday, April 1, 2017

Ion-exchange resins and Laxatives

In my last post on Hyperkalemia, I asked this question that why do we give laxatives with ion-exchange resins, eg. Sodium polystyrene sulfonate.

The reason is that if there is constipation due to Hyperkalemia or any other condition we are treating, besides these ion-exchange resins can themselves cause constipation; these resins will be stuck in the colon and the ion to which it is bound to will be reabsorbed into the circulation hence foiling the whole agenda.

-VM

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