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Changes in Serum Electrolytes, Urea, and Creatinine in Aloe Vera-treated Rats

Authors
Journal
Journal of Young Pharmacists
0975-1483
Publisher
EManuscript Services
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4103/0975-1483.96620
Keywords
  • Pharmacology
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

This study was carried out to investigate the effect of Aloe vera extract (AvE) on serum electrolytes, urea, and creatinine as indices of renal function in Sprague-Dawley rats. Twelve male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing between 80 and 130 g were used. Rats were divided into two groups: The control and the test groups (n=6). The test group received 1 ml of AvE daily for 28 days. Both the groups fed on standard rat chow and water ad libitum. The results showed a decrease in serum levels of sodium, and potassium, but an increase in the serum levels of bicarbonate, urea, and creatinine in the test group. The changes seen were, however, statistically insignificant, except for the serum levels of sodium and creatinine (P<0.05). It is thus concluded that AvE impairs renal handling of electrolytes with consequent hyponatremia and hypercreatinemia. However, this might be of therapeutic value in conditions associated with hypernatremia.

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