As San Diego injury attorneys, we are concerned by a new report that suggests
that the sodium levels in many popular medications could be putting patients
at risk for stroke.
The study, which was recently published in the
British Medical Journal, examined whether patients who took medications high in sodium content
were more likely to suffer cardiovascular “events” when compared
with patients who were prescribed non-sodium formulations of the same drugs.
The answer is yes. Researchers found that patients who took high-sodium
drugs were 22 percent more likely to suffer a non-fatal stroke and 28
percent more likely to die of any cause, when compared with patients who
were prescribed other formulations.
The study also revealed that the sodium contained in one dose of certain
drugs exceeds the recommended total daily allowance of sodium. Drugs that
frequently contain high levels of sodium include powdered, effervescent
or soluble formulations of acetaminophen, aspirin, metoclopramide, and
zinc and calcium supplements.
Based on their findings, the researchers recommend that physicians prescribe
sodium-containing formulations with caution and only if there are compelling
reasons to do so. They also call for all medications to come with labels
that clearly identify the sodium content.
For those who are concerned about their potential sodium exposure, you
can check the ingredients in your medications for sodium carbonite or
bicarbonate and talk to your doctors about alternative formulations.