What should I know about before receiving sodium hydrogen?

Sodium hydrogen carbonate for injection should only be used under the direct care of a medical professional. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any history of congestive heart failure, renal disorders, or other problems you may have related to sodium retention. Also let your doctor know if you are taking quinidine, sympathomimetics, corticosteroids, corticotropin or diuretics because drug interactions may occur between sodium hydrogen carbonate and these drugs. Excess sodium hydrogen carbonate can cause a dangerous condition called metabolic alkalosis, which occurs when there is an insufficient level of acids in the body. Because of this, during your IV treatment you should have blood tests done to determine if any adjustments in dosage are needed.

The effect on a developing fetus is not known, so if you are pregnant be sure to let your doctor know. If you experience any serious side effects during treatment, including unusual muscular spasms, let your doctor know, as this can be a symptom of excess sodium hydrogen carbonate.

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