Rhabdomyolysis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Rhabdomyolysis is a condition where injured muscles release harmful substances into the bloodstream. These substances include potassium, phosphate, creatinine kinase, and myoglobin. Large amounts of these substances may cause damage to your heart, liver, and kidneys.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have blood tests done. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

  • Drink liquids as directed: You can help reduce the risk of rhabdomyolysis by keeping hydrated. Ask your primary healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Drink more liquids if you are doing strenuous work, exercise, and if it is warm outside.

  • Do not drink alcohol: Heavy alcohol use may increase your risk for rhabdomyolysis. Ask your primary healthcare provider for information if you need help to stop drinking.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your urine is dark or tea-colored or has blood in it.

  • You have pain, swelling, or weakness in your arms or legs that does not go away or gets worse.

  • You are urinating less than usual or not able to urinate.

  • You have chest pain.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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