Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Increase in sodium levels: Sodium polystyrene sulfonate can cause an increase in sodium levels. If you have congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney problems, or swelling of the ankles, feet, lower legs, or hands, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition and whether special monitoring is required.
Low potassium levels: Sodium polystyrene sulfonate can cause low potassium levels. Tell your doctor if you experience symptoms of low potassium, such as confusion, irregular heartbeat, and muscle weakness or cramping.
Pregnancy: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication during pregnancy have not been established.
Breast-feeding: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication while breast-feeding have not been established.
Children and infants: Newborns should not be given sodium polystyrene sulfonate by mouth.