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What are the treatment options for sodium metabolism disorders?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Treatments for sodium metabolism disorders depend on whether your sodium levels are too low or too high. If your sodium levels are too low (hyponatremia), your doctor will slowly increase the level of sodium in you blood through drugs and/or IV fluid administration. Diuretics (drugs that cause the body to expel water) are sometimes given in more mild cases. If your sodium levels are too high (hypernatremia), your doctor will replace fluids in an attempt to dilute the sodium concentration of your blood. In both cases of hyponatremia and hypernatremia, sodium levels must be adjusted gradually to avoid causing permanent brain damage.

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