The Los Angeles Times has reported on November 26th, 2013 that many formulations of common medications contain high levels of sodium. A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that people who took medicines that come in "powdered, effervescent or soluble formulations tend to be particularly high in sodium." Specific medications included effervescent or soluble versions of the pain relievers acetaminophen and aspirin, metoclopramide (taken to soothe gastrointestinal reflux and stomach ulcers), and calcium and zinc supplements.
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This study is very relevant to the Chronic Disease Kidney (CKD) Community as patients often take medications such as pain killers, gastrointestinal reflux and calcium or zinc supplements to combat ailments of their disease. Researchers found those who suffered vascular death, a stroke or a heart attack were on average 16% more likely to have taken high-sodium formulations of drugs than those who did not suffer such an outcome.
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KidneyBuzz.com encourages people with CKD to check the labels for references to sodium carbonate or bicarbonate to determine high amounts of sodium in medications. Those are clear signs. One of the most important things you can do is check with your medical team. Although you should never stop taking your medication, if any of your medications do contain a lot of sodium, then you should discuss possible alternatives with your Nephrologists.
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Melissa Healy November. "Sodium-packed Medications Raise Stroke and Death Risks." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times.