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We are going to try salt tablets for my daughter because when we were on vacation, she was very lax about getting enough salt and she had a relapse. She is slowly doing better, but we have decided to add the salt tablets especially when she is at camp and too busy to concentrate on enough salt, not to mention it being available to her. (no outside food is allowed)

I was just wondering how many do you take and if there are any tips or anything you could pass along.

Thanks!

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When I was first prescribed slow sodium I took 10x 600mg each day (6g daily). That was part of an intensive salt loading regimen, since then different doctors have stopped, restarted, stopped again and fiddled about with my sodium dose. At the moment I'm not taking any sodium tablets just dietary sodium but I suspect I need a bit of a top-up. I'll be doing a 24hr urine sodium test soon to see if I need to increase my intake.

If your daughter is adding salt to her food then she wouldn't need as high a dose as I was prescribed, also I don't know how old she is and if that would change the amount she should take? It is always important to drink lots of water when taking sodium tablets as otherwise you could end up with too much sodium which is a serious problem (with lots of water on board your kidneys will pee out any excessive sodium).

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I take 3 1g tablets daily, along with added salt in my diet.

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Hi,

My 16 year old son was told by his POTS specialist to take a total of 6 tablets/day - 2 at each meal. He said to start slowly and build up to that dose. Unfortunately, my son has lots of GI issues and the salt tablets were too hard for him to tolerate, even at the low beginning dose. Once we get the GI stuff under control, we'll try again with the salt. Good luck.

-Lenna

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Be certain to take them with food...and lots of it. I used to take salt tablets, but they were not improving my symptoms. I didn't have any trouble with the tablets, except the first time I took them and did not eat enough of a meal when I took it. Also, start out slowly-- I started with one a day and then slowly added more.

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Thanks for the replies. For those of you taking 1mg tablets, are they by prescription? The ones that were suggested to us are otc and only 180mg of sodium per tablet. It is suggested she takes 6/day. On the bottle, it says 5-10. I know it will help some, but really doesn't seem like it is very much. They are buffered, though, so that is good as she has IBD also, and we don't need to be adding any insult to her digestive system.

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