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Generic Name: Kalimate Brand Name(s): Kalimate.


What is kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate) used for?

Kalimate is commonly used for hyperkalemia due to acute or chronic renal failure.

How should I take kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate)?

Should be taken with food.

How do I store kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate)?

Kalimate is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store kalimate in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of kalimate that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush kalimate down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of kalimate or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using kalimate during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking kalimate.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate)?

Constipation, anorexia, nausea may occur. Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate)?

Kalimate may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, such as:

  • Digitalis
  • Antacids & laxatives containing Al, Mg or Ca

Does food or alcohol interact with kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate)?

Kalimate may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate)?

Kalimate may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate).

What is the dose of kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate) for an adult?

The recommended dose is 15-30 g PO daily in 2-3 divided doses.

Suspend each dose in 30-50 mL water.

Rectal 30 g as a single dose suspended in 100 mL water or 2% methylcellulose soln. Leave in intestinal tract for 30-60 min after administration.

What is the dose of kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate) for a child?

Acute hyperkalemia: The recommended dose is 1 g/kg body with daily in divided doses.

Maintenance therapy: The recommended dose is 0.5 g/kg body with daily in divided doses.

How is kalimate (Ca polystyrene sulfonate) available?

Kalimate is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Kalimate powder for oral suspension 5 g

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of kalimate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: June 24, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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