Kalexate Oral Uses and How to Use

  • Uses

    This medication 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

    Take this medication by mouth, or use it rectally as directed by your doctor.

    If you are taking this medication 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.

    Certain antacids and laxatives should not be taken at the same time as sodium polystyrene sulfonate. See the Drug Interactions section for details.

    To give this medication rectally as an enema, use the prescribed dose usually every 6 hours 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.

    Stir the suspension well, and use it soon after mixing. Do not store the mixture for more than 24 hours.

    Do not heat this medication because it may not work as well.

    The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not use more of this medication 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.