Why is mylanta and milk of magnesia contraindicated with dialysis patients?
Not medical advice: Dialysis patients have dietary restrictions including the avoidance of sodium. Mylanta and Milk of Magnesia both contain sodium.
Dialysis is a treatment for people with diminished kidney function. The kidneys play an important role in filtering unwanted components out of blood. Dialysis is a process of filtering the blood, essentially acting like an artificial kidney.
Some of the substances the kidneys filter out of blood are excess levels of sodium, potassium and phosphorus. By avoiding these all together, the burden of weak or non-functioning kidneys is lessened.
Types of sodium found in Mylanta and Milk of Magnesia include carboxymethylcellulose sodium, sodium hypochlorite, saccharin sodium and sodium citrate.