When is cation exchange resin administered in the emergency treatment of hyperkalemia (high serum potassium level)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Medications such as calcium, insulin, glucose, and sodium bicarbonate are temporizing measures. Definitive loss of excess potassium can be achieved only with cation exchange resins, dialysis, or increased renal excretion. Begin administration of a cation exchange resin soon after the other drugs have been administered.


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