Margie and Sharyl -
In my research for my CRF dog, I've always been told to stay away from Mylanta because of the magnesium content and the dangers it could pose to CRF. For phosphate binding, there are other safer and more effective alternatives like aluminum hydroxide.
"A number of factors affect the concentration and distribution of magnesium in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF). Poor nutritional intake, impaired absorption from the intestine, vomiting, diarrhea, the use of diuretics and acidosis may result in a negative balance. More commonly, accumulation of magnesium may be the consequence of reduced renal excretion. Magnesium concentrations are increased in serum and red cells in CRF patients. Bone concentrations and total body magnesium also appear to be increased; muscle magnesium does not appear to be increased. Use of magnesium hydroxide-containing antacids as phosphate binders in patients with CRF was largely discontinued 2 decades ago after reports described increases in serum magnesium concentrations to toxic levels. More recently, the undesirable effects of aluminum-containing phosphate binders (encephalopathy, osteomalacia) have led several investigators to report favorable experiences using low concentrations of
magnesium in dialysate and a combination of magnesium and aluminum-containing antacids, as phosphate binders, while closely monitoring serum magnesium concentrations."
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----- Original Message ----
From: margdaw4 <margdaw4@...
Sent: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 10:40:19 AM
Subject: [FH] Re: Update on 20 year old cat with swollen back legs
Thank you Sharyl! My vet did prescribe Mylanta as a phosphate
binder. I am going to ask for a copy of the blood test so I can see
the levels on everything. My vet said she would not give Lasix
because of his kidneys; but then she said the cardiologist might
prescribe it. We will see tomorrow. I just hope he does not get
too stressed during the test.
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, Sharyl Cline <clinebay@...>
> Margie, the traveling cardiologist sounds great. If
> you make an appointment with one at another facility
> there is a good chance you would have to leave Frisky
> for several hours. I know when I took Albert and
> Pequita in we had to leave them at 9 am and couldn't
> pick them up until 4 pm.
> Old is relative. If Frisky is happy then my vote is
> to treat him for whatever ails him. Did the vet give
> you a copy of his blood work. Vets often prescribe
> Mylanta as a phosphate binder. If so you might want
> to check into buying Dried Aluminum Hydroxide. It
> works better and can be mixed with Frisky's food.
> The recommended dosage of regular strength Pepcid AC
> is 1/4 pill EOD on the CRF board. To much Pepcid can
> cause an upset tummy. Also Pepcid is processed
> through the kidneys and too much can cause problems
> Did your vet talk about lasix to help eliminate the
> fluids in his legs? That would be something to talk
> to the cardiologist about.
> Good Luck
> Sharyl Albert and Pequita
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