SIADH (syndrome of inappropriate anti diuretic hormone) is essentially a water problem. For reasons your doctor likely figured out, your body is holding onto liquids too tightly via a hormone messenger to your kidneys (ADH). Usually the reason for this is some sort of stressor, like pain or nausea.
It may also be related to lung diseases, like COPD or brain disturbances, like a mass or a bleed. Sometimes certain cancers can cause SIADH, as well as certain medications, like Thiazide diuretics. With this water retention your sodium becomes diluted and the sodium level drops.
When it is minor, for example in the low 130’s, you probably won’t feel much different. However, as the sodium dilutes further into the 120’s or 110’s or even less, you will likely feel symptoms:
These lower numbers are also dangerous as they may predispose to seizures or brain swelling. There are a handful of guideline based therapies for SIADH. These include, fluid restriction, diuretics with salt pills, as well as the pharmaceutical agents Vaptans and of course, Urea.
Urea has a salty brine taste by itself but we were able to come up with a formula in UreaAide that tastes great using natural mint. UreaAide works as an osmotic diuretic which helps your body get rid of the excess water by pulling the water out via the kidney. You should urinate more and begin to bring the sodium level up slowly and safely. Because it is a naturally based product the side effects are typically mild, such as nausea, distaste or loose stool.
The usual starting dose is 1 packet, or 1 scoop twice a day. The unflavored UreaAide is less costly but we highly recommend mixing with your favorite powdered beverage, like Gatorade. You can watch video demonstrations here.
In summary, SIADH is a common reason for low sodium or Hyponatremia. It is caused by multiple triggers and can lead to many different symptoms. There are a few treatment options and you should talk to your doctor about which may be best in your particular situation. If your doctor suggests Urea, we hope you choose UreaAide!