Hyponatremia

ExitCare Image Hyponatremia is when the salt (sodium) in your blood is low. When salt becomes low, your cells take in extra water and puff up (swell). The puffiness can happen in the whole body. It mostly affects the brain and is very serious.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Follow any diet instructions you were given. This includes limiting how much fluid you drink.

  • Keep all doctor visits for tests as told.

  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You start to twitch and shake (seize).

  • You pass out (faint).

  • You continue to have watery poop (diarrhea) or you throw up (vomit).

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • You are tired (fatigued), have a headache, are confused, or feel weak.

  • Your problems that first brought you to the doctor come back.

  • You have trouble following your diet instructions.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.