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Bed ridden after surgery for femoral neck fracture, decrease in sodium and glucose levels. Can Sodamint be given?

Hello Dr, My grandmother is 98yr old, shr met with a accidental slip resulting in femoral neck fracture . Her surgery for d fracture has been done and it has been successful. She never had any kind of medical problems. She would walk around and as well as manage herself by own. But now after surgery she has almost become bedridden since 2 months. Recently, her SODIUM levels n GLUCOSE levels has decreased moderately below the lower avg levels. Can we give her SODAMINT TAB as she is refraining to eat anything with extra salt.
Asked On : Wed, 26 Dec 2012
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Hi and thanks so much for this query.

I am sorry to hear about what your grand mother is experiencing now.

The cause of low sodium is rarely low sodium intake because the body tries to regulate its sodium load constantly to maintain a normal sodium level in the body. BEfore conclusding that this could be caused by low sodium in diet, we need to do some more test like urine sodium to see whether the findings sit in line with low sodium. If this be the case, the supplementing may be the rigt thing to do. However, if it is low because of the kidneys loosing too muc of it or the body retaining too much fluids, this will not help. So please, get it investigated before giving the tablet.

I wish her the best of outcomes.
Dr. Ditah, MD
Answered: Thu, 8 Aug 2013
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