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What is sodium polystyrene sulfonate?

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate is a drug that reduces the amount of potassium in the body. It is used primarily in the treatment of hyperkalemia, an excess of potassium. It is usually packaged as a powder, but it also comes as a liquid. It can also be given through a feeding tube or as an enema. Brand names for sodium polystyrene sulfonate include Kayexalate, Kionex and Kalexate.

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