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My husband takes 20 mg of Benicar daily. Most recently he has become dehydrated, creatinine levels elevated, uric acid elevated, sodium levels at 151. He has no stamina and weight loss about 10 lbs in 6 months. Kidney has a cyst and some thinning was mentioned. Which direction do we go? Meds were given to combat the high uric acid.
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So Demorris, the way out of if you body is producing high uric acid, is to drink plenty of fluids to flush it out, hence should stop the production of crystals.
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Uric acid is a byproduct of the chemical breakdown of compounds called 'purines' that exist in our body's cells and in our food.

Purines are very important to us because they provide things like our energy that we all need and our protein. During this process uric acid is produced in the bloodstream.

And uric acid is good for us because it acts as an antioxidant and helps look after the internal linings of our blood vessels.

It's our kidneys' job to process the uric acid produced and excrete waste out of our bodies via our urine, with a little via our stools.
What Causes High Uric Acid in Blood?

Although the kidneys usually maintain uric acid at healthy levels, there are times when they are unable to do this, with the result that excess uric acid is retained in, and circulates in, the blood.

Two of the main causes for high uric acid levels in blood are:-

(1) The kidneys aren't working to their full potential so that they are unable to process and expel sufficient uric acid quickly enough, or...

(2) There is too much uric acid being produced by the metabolizing purines for healthy kidneys to process.

Whatever is the case, the result is high uric acid in the blood.
What is the Result of High Uric Acid Levels in the Body?

High uric acid levels in the blood is a condition known as 'hyperuricemia.' Over time this can lead to the production of uric acid crystals which can settle in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissue.

Now, these crystals are needle-like in shape and are looked upon as foreign objects by the body's defenses. The body's natural anti-inflammatory processes against these crystals cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, heat, inflammation, stiffness and very great pain.
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Hi De, I would think the best thing is to see how he goes on his new drugs and take it from there, but make sure he is getting plenty to drink as this will help flush out the uric acid.
Good Luck
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