How Do Electrolytes Work?

Reviewed on 1/12/2022

HOW DO ELECTROLYTES WORK?

Electrolytes are mineral supplements that help regulate the electrolyte balance in the body. These minerals have an electric charge and are essential for:

Balancing the amount of water in the body

  • Maintaining pH levels
  • Transporting nutrients into cells
  • Removing wastes from cells
  • Proper functioning of nerves, heart, and brain 

Some of the common electrolytes obtained from food include:

Electrolyte supplements balance the lost electrolytes in the body and also reduce the depletion of electrolytes.

HOW ARE ELECTROLYTES USED?

Electrolytes are used to replenish the electrolyte loss from the body. They are also used for treating:

  • Torsades de Pointes
  • Preterm labor
  • Antacid

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF ELECTROLYTES?

Electrolyte supplements can cause the following side effects:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE NAMES OF ELECTROLYTES?

Generic and brand names of electrolytes include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/electrolytes

https://medlineplus.gov/fluidandelectrolytebalance.html

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