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Kayexalate (Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate)and/or alternatives
Kayexalate 1mEq/g from $0.30 USD/gramKayexalate 1mEq/g
Manufactured by: Sanofi Aventis Canada Inc
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
Kionex Powder 1mEq/g from $0.29 USD/gramKionex Powder 1mEq/g
Manufactured by: Paddock Laboratories, Inc
Product of United StatesRxPrescription RequiredCurrently Unavailable
Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate 1mEq/g from $0.24 USD/gramSodium Polystyrene Sulfonate 1mEq/g
Generic Alternative to Kayexalate
Marketed as Solystat in Canada
Manufactured by: Pendopharm
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
General Information on Kayexalate
Kayexalate is given for the treatment of hyperkalemia, which is a condition where there is high blood potassium level. Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, the main ingredient in the medication belongs to a group of medicines known as Potassium-removing resins.
Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate is an action-exchange resin medication. It does not get absorbed in the gastro intestinal tract. When Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate passes through the gastrointestinal tract, it removes the potassium ions in exchange of sodium ions and thus facilitates potassium removal from the gastro intestinal tract.
Kayexalate is available in the form of fine powder for solution. It is a prescription medication, which means that you should consult a doctor before you buy Kayexalate.
Side effects of Kayexalate
Kayexalate may not be an ideal medicine for people with specific medical problems. People with medical problems such as high blood pressure, edema, bowel obstruction, heart disease, congestive heart failure, kidney disease and low levels of potassium in blood should inform their doctor about it before they buy Kayexalate.
Kayexalate may cause mild to severe side effects in some people. Constipation, loss of appetite, diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting are some less serious side effects associated with the drug. These side effects generally wane with time. However, if they persist or become bothersome, then you should consult your doctor immediately.
Some people may experience severe side effects after taking a dose of Kayexalate. Bloody, black or tarry stools, pain or fluttering in your chest, increased urination or thirst, uneven heartbeats, severe muscle weakness, feeling irritated or confused, inability to move your muscles, rapid weight gain and pain in your rectum or lower stomach or swelling are some severe side effects associated with the drug.
It is not necessary that every person using Kayexalate will experience some side effect. Many people using the medication do not complain about any side effects.
Dosage of Kayexalate
The powder form of Kayexalate is mixed in water to prepare a suspension or syrup (if the dose is given orally). The suspension should always be freshly prepared before administering the dose.
Kayexalate can be administered in the body in three different ways- as a liquid by mouth, as a rectal enema or through a stomach feeding tube. The Kayexalate dosage is given by a trained medical professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
The recommend adult dose of resin is 15g to 60g daily. 4 level teaspoons of suspension provides around 15g of resin, so you will be required to take 4 teaspoonful of medication 4 times in a day, if the recommended dose is 60g daily.
If you are using other medications then there is a possibility that Kayexalate may interact with them and cause side effects. It may interact with medications such as Thyroxine, Digoxin, diuretics (such as Triamterene, Amiloride, Spironolactone) or Lithium.
Before starting the treatment, tell doctor about every medication you are using which includes prescription medications, over the counter drugs, and herbal supplements. Do not use antacids, salt substitutes, Calcium or Potassium supplements or laxatives without consulting your doctor. Laxatives and antacids can decrease efficacy of Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate or cause severe side effects.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.