What is this medicine?
SODIUM CHLORIDE (SOE dee um KLOOR ide) is a natural salt that is important for normal body functions. Too much or too little sodium in the body can cause health problems. This medicine is used to replace sodium in the body after excessive sweating in order to prevent and treat heat cramps. It is also used to replace sodium when replacement is needed for other medical reasons.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- high levels of sodium in the blood
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- low salt or sodium diet
- an unusual or allergic reaction to any medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. The tablet is dissolved in water to make a solution that can be swallowed. If dissolving the tablet, mix with 4 ounces (120 ml) of distilled water and use exactly as directed. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
This medicine is not for regular use. Take only those doses prescribed by your doctor or health care professional. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
- certain medicines for high blood pressure
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms of heat cramps continue
for more than 24 hours or if they get worse. You may have a serious medical condition.
Each tablet contains 394 mg of sodium. Inform your doctor or healthcare professional if you are on a low salt or sodium diet.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- muscle twitching
- swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- increased thirst
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.