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Urea (Systemic)

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 18, 2020.

Pronunciation

(yoor EE a)

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.

Powder for Solution, Oral:

Ure-Na: 15 g (8s) [lemon-lime flavor]

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Ure-Na

Pharmacologic Category

  • Medical Food

Pharmacology

Urea normalizes serum sodium levels by inducing osmotic excretion of free water. Urea also ameliorates hyponatremia in syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion by a more specific effect, diminishing the natriuresis in association with increased medullary urea content.

Use: Labeled Indications

Hyponatremia: A medical food for the management of hyponatremia (euvolemic and hypervolemic).

Note: A medical food is formulated to be administered enterally under the supervision of a physician and is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements are established by medical evaluation. Medical foods are not drugs and, therefore, are not subject to any FDA regulatory requirements that specifically apply to drugs (eg, requirement for written/oral prescription prior to dispensing, premarket review or approval, proof of safety and efficacy).

Contraindications

There are no contraindications listed in the manufacturer’s labeling.

Dosing: Adult

Hyponatremia: Oral: 15 to 60 g daily

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Administration

Mix each 15 g dose with 3 to 4 ounces of water or juice.

Drug Interactions

There are no known significant interactions.

Adverse Reactions

Frequency not defined.

Endocrine & metabolic: Hypernatremia

Gastrointestinal: Mildly upset stomach

Monitoring Parameters

Serum sodium

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

• It is used to treat low sodium levels.

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

• Nausea

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• Fluid and electrolyte problems like mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, abnormal heartbeat, severe dizziness, passing out, fast heartbeat, increased thirst, seizures, loss of strength and energy, lack of appetite, unable to pass urine or change in amount of urine passed, dry mouth, dry eyes, or nausea or vomiting

• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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