Dosage and Administration
Your doctor or nurse will normally give you this medicine.
If you are not sure why you are being given RESOCAL or have any questions about how much RESOCAL is being given to you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
- The dose will depend on the results of blood tests
- For children the dose is also worked out according to how much the child weighs
Having the medicine
- RESOCAL can be given by mouth or put into the back passage (rectum).
- If given by mouth the powder can be swallowed with a little water or be made into a paste with something sweet, such as jam or honey.
- It should not be mixed with fruit juice; this will stop the medicine working properly.
- If given by mouth, it is important to sit upright while taking the medicine so that you do not breathe in any powder into your lungs.
- If given by the back passage you should try to keep the medicine in your back passage for at least 9 hours.
Then it needs to be thoroughly washed out.
How much is normally given:
Adults (including the elderly)
- The usual dose is 15g (one spoonful) three or four times a day.
Into the back passage
- The usual dose is 30g (two spoonfuls) once a day.
In some cases, the medicine may be given both by mouth and into the back passage. This is where your potassium levels need to be lowered more quickly.
If your child cannot take the medicine by mouth, it may be given into the back passage.
- The daily dose is 1g for each kilogram of bodyweight.
- Once the medicine has started working the dose may be lowered to 0.5g daily for each kilogram of bodyweight.
RESOCAL is only given into the back passage
- The daily dose is between 0.5g and 1g for each kilogram of bodyweight
It is important to give the right dose for children and babies.
If too much is given, children and babies could get serious constipation.
If you have more RESOCAL than you should
It is unlikely that your doctor or nurse will give you too much medicine.
Your doctor and nurse will be checking your progress, and checking the medicine that you are given.
If you are given too much RESOCAL the following effects may happen:
- Feeling irritable or confused.
- Being unable to concentrate.
- Muscle weakness and poor reflexes leading to paralysis.
- Breathing problems.
- Faster or pounding heartbeat.
- Muscle cramps.
If you miss a dose of RESOCAL
Your doctor or nurse will give instructions about when to have your medicine.
It is unlikely that a dose will be missed.
If you think that you may have missed a dose, talk to your doctor or nurse.
If you stop being given RESOCAL
Keep having RESOCAL until your doctor tells you to stop. If you stop having RESOCAL, your illness may come back.
Your doctor may do regular blood tests while you are taking this medicine.
This is to check the levels of salts (potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium) in your blood.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.