Before taking or receiving sodium polystyrene sulfonate,
tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to sodium polystyrene sulfonate, other polystyrene sulfonate resins, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in sodium polystyrene sulfonate products. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antacids, antibiotics taken by mouth; anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven); digoxin (Lanoxin); laxatives; lithium (Lithobid); or thyroxine. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. If you are taking any other medications by mouth, take them at least 3 hours before or 3 hours before or after taking sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
tell your doctor if you have low levels of potassium in your blood, a blockage in your intestine or colon, or if you have recently had surgery and your bowel function has not returned to normal. Your doctor will probably tell you not to take sodium polystyrene sulfonate. Newborn infants should not receive sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
tell your doctor if you have or have ever had constipation; surgery to remove all or part of your large bowel or surgery for other intestinal problems; inflammatory bowel disease, ischemic colitis (decreased blood flow to the bowels), gastroparesis (slowed movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine) or other bowel problems; heart failure; high blood pressure; edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues); or kidney disease.
tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking sodium polystyrene sulfonate, call your doctor.
tell your doctor if you are on a sodium-restricted diet.