Dr Oz: Alka Seltzer Sodium Content & How Much Salt is in Airborne?

By on January 20, 2014

Dr Oz: Emergen-C Salt Content

While Dr. Oz has often warned about the hidden salt that is found in many of the foods in your kitchen cabinet, he has not talked a lot about the salt that could actually be hiding in your medicine cabinet. Today he reveals the surprising amount of salt that comes in the form of medications you take every day to treat the most common health issues.

Dr Oz: Alka Seltzer Sodium Content Warning

Dr Oz: Alka Seltzer Sodium Content & How Much Salt is in Airborne?

Dr Oz says there is often high amounts of salt hidden in the medications you take, especially Alka Seltzer, which has about 4,500 milligrams!

Dr. Oz says that many medications contain a high amount of sodium because it makes them more effective at treating whatever ails you, but too much sodium could be a big problem, especially if you suffer from high blood pressure. To give you an idea, Dr. Oz says that the daily recommended intake of sodium is roughly one teaspoon and here is the amount found in some popular over-the-counter medications.

  • Effervescent Tablets (like Alka Seltzer): 8 tablets contain 4,500 milligrams of sodium, which is about twice the daily limit without ever taking a bite of food.
  • Immunity Boosters, such as Airborne or Emergen-C: A maximum dose contains about ½ your daily limit of sodium.
  • Fast-Acting Ibuprofen or Naproxen Sodium Pain-Relievers: Can have from 60-130 milligrams of sodium, which can add up quickly if you need to be watching your salt intake.

Dr Oz: Where to Find Salt Content on Medicine Labels

Pharmacist Jan Engle says it is easier than you might think to figure out the salt content of over-the-counter medication because it is listed right on the label, but many consumers just do not know where to look. She says it is an FDA requirement that drug companies include this information the label, which can usually be found in the “other information” section.

  • Opt for chewables rather than effervescent medications to avoid too much sodium.

When in doubt, Jan recommends going to your pharmacist with any questions you might have.

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