- It is used to treat high potassium levels.
For all uses of this drug:
- If you have an allergy to calcium polystyrene sulfonate or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, multiple myeloma, overactive parathyroid gland, or sarcoidosis.
- If you have low potassium levels, talk with your doctor.
- If you have high calcium or bowel block.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Magnesium hydroxide or sorbitol.
- If your child is a newborn with bowel function that is not normal.
- If your child is a premature baby or is a newborn. Do not give this drug to a premature baby or a newborn.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Do not take antacids at the same time as this drug. Ask your doctor if you have a question about how to take antacids with this drug.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Signs of low magnesium levels like mood changes, muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps or spasms, seizures, shakiness, not hungry, very bad upset stomach or throwing up, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Signs of high calcium levels like weakness, confusion, feeling tired, headache, upset stomach and throwing up, hard stools (constipation), or bone pain.
- Fever or chills.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly bowel problems like bleeding, swelling, and tearing have happened with this drug. Most people who had these problems were also taking sorbitol. The chance of these problems may be raised if you have low blood volume, kidney disease, or if you have ever had bowel disease or surgery. Call your doctor right away if you have black, tarry, or bloody stools; hard stools (constipation); belly pain; swelling of the stomach; or throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Not hungry.
For all uses of this drug:
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- It may be given by mouth or given rectally.
- Mix powder with liquid and drink. Do not mix with orange juice or fruit juice that has potassium in it.
- Do not lie down after taking this drug.
- Keep suspension in your rectum as long as you can.
- If you take this drug on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.