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I have low sodium and what can I do to bring it up. I have

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I have low sodium and what can I do to bring it up. I have been drinking coke to help.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 5 years ago.
Coke won't help
Do you know why you have low sodium?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I went to hospital and thats when I found out. acute hyponatremia
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 5 years ago.
now tell me
what medications are you on
what did they tell you to do?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
drink coke and drink alot of water I take blood pressure pills and thyroid pill
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 5 years ago.
If they told you do drink a lot of water
were you on a water pill at the time?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
yes but doc changed If you can't answer my question then I want a refund
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 5 years ago.
We have to figure out the cause of your low sodium.
In most cases drinking a lot of water makes low sodium worse.

if you were on the wrong diuretic this is one of the few situations that you might have a low sodium and not enough water.
But once you are ok, you should drink when thirsty
Coke has some sodium content and is very acidic but it is not great in the low run.
V8 veggie juice, just one glass a day, has lots of sodium and other minerals at the same time so that you do not become imbalanced and you are not subjected to the 1/4 cup of sugar that is in the can of coke...or more.

So ask your doc about V8
And you should have a follow up sodium check.

good luck

Let me know if you have further questions

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