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sodium polystyrene sulfonate (Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonatesuspension 
[Roxane Laboratories]

CATION-EXCHANGE RESIN

Sorbitol Free

Rx only

DESCRIPTION

Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Suspension, USP can be administered orally or in an enema and contains the following per 60 mL:

sodium polystyrene sulfonate USP....................................................................................... 15 g

alcohol.................................................................................................................................. 0.1%

The suspension is cherry/caramel-flavored and also contains citric acid, flavors, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, saccharin sodium, and purified water.

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate is a benzene, diethenyl-, polymer with ethenylbenzene, sulfonated, sodium salt and has the following structural formula:

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The sodium content of the suspension is 1500 mg (65 mEq) per 60 mL. It is a brown, slightly viscous suspension with an in-vitro exchange capacity of approximately 3.1 mEq (in-vivo approximately 1 mEq) of potassium per 4 mL (1 gram) of suspension.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

As the resin passes along the intestine or is retained in the colon after administration by enema, the sodium ions are partially released and are replaced by potassium ions. For the most part, this action occurs in the large intestine, which excretes potassium ions to a greater degree than does the small intestine. The efficiency of this process is limited and unpredictably variable. It commonly approximates the order of 33 percent, but the range is so large that definitive indices of electrolyte balance must be clearly monitored.

Metabolic data are unavailable.

INDICATION AND USAGE

Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Suspension, USP is indicated for the treatment of hyperkalemia.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Suspension, USP is contraindicated in the following conditions: patients with hypokalemia, patients with a history of hypersensitivity to polystyrene sulfonate resins, obstructive bowel disease, neonates with reduced gut motility (postoperatively or drug induced) and oral administration in neonates (see PRECAUTIONS: Pediatric Use).

WARNINGS

Alternative Therapy in Severe Hyperkalemia

Since effective lowering of serum potassium with sodium polystyrene sulfonate may take hours to days, treatment with this drug alone may be insufficient to rapidly correct severe hyperkalemia associated with states of rapid tissue breakdown (e.g., burns and renal failure) or hyperkalemia so marked as to constitute a medical emergency. Therefore, other definitive measures, including dialysis, should always be considered and may be imperative.

Hypokalemia

Serious potassium deficiency can occur from therapy with sodium polystyrene sulfonate. The effect must be carefully controlled by frequent serum potassium determinations within each 24 hour period. Since intracellular potassium deficiency is not always reflected by serum potassium levels, the level at which treatment with sodium polystyrene sulfonate should be discontinued must be determined individually for each patient. Important aids in making this determination are the patient’s clinical condition and electrocardiogram. Early clinical signs of severe hypokalemia include a pattern of irritable confusion and delayed thought processes.

Electrocardiographically, severe hypokalemia is often associated with a lengthened Q-T interval, widening, flattening, or inversion of the T wave, and prominent U waves. Also, cardiac arrhythmias may occur, such as premature atrial, nodal, and ventricular contractions, and supraventricular and ventricular tachycardias. The toxic effects of digitalis are likely to be exaggerated. Marked hypokalemia can also be manifested by severe muscle weakness, at times extending into frank paralysis.

Electrolyte Disturbances

Like all cation-exchange resins, sodium polystyrene sulfonate is not totally selective (for potassium) in its actions, and small amounts of other cations such as magnesium and calcium can also be lost during treatment. Accordingly, patients receiving sodium polystyrene sulfonate should be monitored for all applicable electrolyte disturbances.

Systemic Alkalosis

Systemic alkalosis has been reported after cation-exchange resins were administered orally in combination with nonabsorbable cation-donating antacids and laxatives such as magnesium hydroxide and aluminum carbonate. Magnesium hydroxide should not be administered with sodium polystyrene sulfonate. One case of grand mal seizure has been reported in a patient with chronic hypocalcemia of renal failure who was given sodium polystyrene sulfonate with magnesium hydroxide as a laxative (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

PRECAUTIONS

Caution is advised when sodium polystyrene sulfonate is administered to patients who cannot tolerate even a small increase in sodium loads (i.e., severe congestive heart failure, severe hypertension, or marked edema). In such instances compensatory restriction of sodium intake from other sources may be indicated.

In the event of clinically significant constipation, treatment with sodium polystyrene sulfonate should be discontinued until normal bowel motion is resumed. Magnesium-containing laxatives or sorbitol should not be used (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

Drug Interactions

Antacids

The simultaneous oral administration of sodium polystyrene sulfonate with nonabsorbable cation-donating antacids and laxatives may reduce the resin’s potassium exchange capability.

Non-absorbable cation-donating antacids and laxatives

Systemic alkalosis has been reported after cation-exchange resins were administered orally in combination with nonabsorbable cation-donating antacids and laxatives such as magnesium hydroxide and aluminum carbonate. Magnesium hydroxide should not be administered with sodium polystyrene sulfonate. One case of grand mal seizure has been reported in a patient with chronic hypocalcemia of renal failure who was given sodium polystyrene sulfonate with magnesium hydroxide as a laxative.

Intestinal obstruction due to concretions of aluminum hydroxide when used in combination with sodium polystyrene sulfonate has been reported.

Digitalis

The toxic effects of digitalis on the heart, especially various ventricular arrhythmias and A-V nodal dissociation, are likely to be exaggerated by hypokalemia, even in the face of serum digoxin concentrations in the “normal range” (see WARNINGS: Hypokalemia).

Sorbitol

Concomitant use of Sorbitol with sodium polystyrene sulfonate has been implicated in cases of colonic necrosis. Therefore, concomitant administration is not recommended.

Lithium

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate may decrease absorption of lithium.

Thyroxine

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate may decrease absorption of thyroxine.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Studies have not been performed.

Pregnancy Category C

Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with sodium polystyrene sulfonate. It is also not known whether sodium polystyrene sulfonate can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Sodium polystyrene sulfonate should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when sodium polystyrene sulfonate is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

The effectiveness of sodium polystyrene sulfonate in pediatric patients has not been established. In neonates, sodium polystyrene sulfonate should not be given by the oral route. In both children and neonates particular care should be observed with rectal administration, as excessive dosage or inadequate dilution could result in impaction of the resin.

Due to the risk of digestive hemorrhage or colonic necrosis, particular care should be observed in premature infants or low birth weight infants.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate suspension may cause some degree of gastric irritation. Anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and constipation may occur especially if high doses are given. Also, hypokalemia, hypocalcemia, and significant sodium retention, and their related clinical manifestations, may occur (see WARNINGS: Hypokalemia). Occasionally diarrhea develops. Large doses in elderly individuals may cause fecal impaction (see PRECAUTIONS). Rare instances of colonic necrosis have been reported. Intestinal obstruction due to concretions of aluminum hydroxide, when used in combination with sodium polystyrene sulfonate, has been reported.

The following events have been reported from worldwide post marketing experience:

OVERDOSAGE

Biochemical disturbances resulting from overdosage may give rise to clinical signs and symptoms of hypokalemia, including: irritability, confusion, delayed thought processes, muscle weakness, hyporeflexia, which may progress to frank paralysis and/or apnea.

Electrocardiographic changes may be consistent with hypokalemia or hypercalcemia; cardiac arrhythmias may occur. Appropriate measures should be taken to correct serum electrolytes (potassium, calcium), and the resin should be removed from the alimentary tract by appropriate use of laxatives or enemas.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

SHAKE WELL BEFORE USING

The intensity and duration of therapy depend upon the severity and resistance of hyperkalemia.

Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Suspension, USP should not be heated for to do so may alter the exchange properties of the resin.

Oral Administration

The average daily adult dose is 15 g (60 mL) to 60 g (240 mL) of suspension. This is best provided by administering 15 g (60 mL) of sodium polystyrene sulfonate suspension one to four times daily. Each 60 mL of sodium polystyrene sulfonate suspension contains 1500 mg (65 mEq) of sodium. Since the in-vivo efficiency of sodium-potassium exchange resins is approximately 33 percent, about one-third of the resin’s actual sodium content is being delivered to the body.

In smaller children and infants, lower doses should be employed by using as a guide a rate of 1 mEq of potassium per gram of resin as the basis for calculation.

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate suspension may be introduced into the stomach through a plastic tube and, if desired, given with a diet appropriate for a patient in renal failure.

Rectal Administration

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate suspension may also be given, although with less effective results, as an enema consisting (for adults) of 30 g (120 mL) to 50 g (200 mL) every six hours. The enema should be retained as long as possible and followed by a cleansing enema.

After an initial cleansing enema, a soft, large size (French 28) rubber tube is inserted into the rectum for a distance of about 20 cm, with the tip well into the sigmoid colon, and taped in place. The suspension is introduced at body temperature by gravity. The suspension is flushed with 50 mL or 100 mL of fluid, following which the tube is clamped and left in place. If back leakage occurs, the hips are elevated on pillows or a knee-chest position is taken temporarily.

The suspension is kept in the sigmoid colon for several hours, if possible. Then, the colon is irrigated with a nonsodium containing solution at body temperature in order to remove the resin. Two quarts of flushing solution may be necessary. The returns are drained constantly through a Y tube connection.

HOW SUPPLIED

Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Suspension, USP, 15 g per 60 mL

Amber-colored, cherry/caramel-flavored suspension

NDC 0054-0165-51: Unit dose bottles filled to deliver 60 mL, 10 bottles per shipper.

NDC 0054-0165-50: Unit dose enema bottles filled to contain 120 mL (for use in delivering the suspension rectally through appropriate tubing).

NDC 0054-0165-55: Unit dose enema bottles filled to contain 200 mL (for use in delivering the suspension rectally through appropriate tubing).

NDC 0054-0165-63: Bottles of 500 mL.

Protect from freezing and from excessive heat.

Storage

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°-30°C (59°-86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Dispense in a tight container, as defined in the USP/NF.

10004180/02

Rev November 2006

© RLI, 2006

Boehringer Ingelheim
Roxane Laboratories
Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate (Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate)
PRODUCT INFO
Product Code 0054-0165 Dosage Form SUSPENSION
Route Of Administration ORAL, RECTAL DEA Schedule
INGREDIENTS
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
sodium polystyrene sulfonate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) Active 15 GRAM  In 60 MILLILITER
cherry/caramel flavored Inactive  
CITRIC ACID Inactive  
flavors Inactive  
magnesium aluminum silicate Inactive  
methylparaben Inactive  
propylparaben Inactive  
water Inactive  
saccharin sodium Inactive  
IMPRINT INFORMATION
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color Score
Shape Symbol
Imprint Code Coating
Size
PACKAGING
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 0054-0165-51 10 BOTTLE In 1 CARTON contains a BOTTLE
1 60 MILLILITER In 1 BOTTLE This package is contained within the CARTON (0054-0165-51)
2 0054-0165-50 120 MILLILITER In 1 BOTTLE None
3 0054-0165-55 200 MILLILITER In 1 BOTTLE None
4 0054-0165-63 500 MILLILITER In 1 BOTTLE None

Revised: 01/2007Roxane Laboratories

Data are from FDA and U.S. National Library of Medicine.