Electrolyte replacement drugs
An electrolyte is a compound or element that carries an electrical charge when dissolved in water. Electrolyte replacement drugs are inorganic or organic salts that increase depleted or deficient electrolyte levels, helping to maintain homeostasis, the stability of body fluid composition and volume. They include:
· potassium, the primary intracellular fluid (ICF) electrolyte
· calcium, a major extracellular fluid (ECF) electrolyte
· magnesium, an electrolyte essential for homeostasis found in ICF
· sodium, the principal electrolyte in ECF necessary for homeo-stasis.