Sodium content of miscellaneous preparations

David Moloney, Medicines Information Technician, North West Medicines Information CentrePublished Last updated See all updates

Background

Sodium content of preparations for constipation, diarrhoea, pain relief, cold and flu, indigestion and gastric disorders is listed in other articles within this series.

Other medicines that fall outside these groups (i.e. miscellaneous preparations) come in effervescent, soluble, dispersible and other preparations may also contain high levels of sodium.

The attached list provides details of sodium content at individual dose and maximum dose level, along with associated limitations.

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High sodium content can make some medicines unsuitable for patients on a salt-restricted diet. Alternative products exist for a range of conditions.
List of effervescent, soluble, dispersible and other preparations for treating pain, cold and flu that could contain high levels of sodium.
List of effervescent, soluble, dispersible and other preparations for treating constipation and diarrhoea that could contain high levels of sodium.
List of effervescent, soluble, dispersible and other preparations for treating indigestion and gastric disorders that could contain high levels of sodium.
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