Metabolic alkalosis



Too much of a chemical called bicarbonate in the body.


Metabolic alkalosis is a condition in which too much of the chemical bicarbonate in the body upsets the body's acid balance. Common causes include vomiting and use of water pills, called diuretics.


There might be no symptoms. Or symptoms might be linked to the underlying cause. They might include extreme tiredness, muscle weakness or cramps, and irregular heartbeats. Sometimes there can be confusion, seizures and coma.


Treatment aims to restore the natural acid balance in the body. Medicines might be used to treat the underlying cause.