A drug may be classified by the chemical type of the active ingredient or by the way it is used to treat a particular condition. Each drug can be classified into one or more drug classes.
Minerals and electrolytes are present in all the fluids of the body and it is essential that the right amount of minerals and electrolytes are present for the proper functioning of the body systems, muscles and so on. Minerals and electrolytes are obtained from the diet.
A change in the composition of these elements, especially electrolytes, can cause severe side effects. Certain medical conditions such as renal problems, diarrhea and vomiting, can alter the electrolyte levels. If the levels are altered significantly then they should be corrected with re-hydration to avoid the electrolyte imbalance from becoming extreme, as this can cause severe problems.
Subscribe to receive email notifications whenever new articles are published.
Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Data sources include Micromedex® (updated Sep 2nd, 2016), Cerner Multum™ (updated Sep 5th, 2016), Wolters Kluwer™ (updated Aug 8th, 2016) and others. To view content sources and attributions, please refer to our editorial policy.