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Glucose Intravenous Infusion

CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
 

NOTICE: This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons living in Australia. This page contains answers to some common questions about Glucose Intravenous Infusion. It does not contain all the information that is known about Glucose Intravenous Infusion. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risk of you using this medicine against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you. If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Bookmark or print this page, you may need to read it again.

What Glucose Intravenous Infusion is used for

Glucose is a sugar which provides energy for the body. It is naturally present in body fluids and is needed for normal body function. Glucose Intravenous Infusion is given to patients who have low levels of
sugar in their blood or are dehydrated.
Glucose Intravenous Infusion may also be used for the dilution of other medicines before injecting them into the body.
It may be used for the treatment of other conditions that are not mentioned above. Your doctor will be able to tell you about the specific condition for which you have been prescribed Glucose Intravenous Infusion.

Before you are given Glucose Intravenous Infusion

When Glucose Intravenous Infusion must not be given

You should not be given this medicine if the packaging is torn or show signs of tampering or if the expiry date on the pack has passed.
You will not be given Glucose Intravenous Infusion if:

1. You have an allergy to

glucose
carbohydrates
corn (maize) or corn products

2. You have or have had the following medical conditions

diabetes
difficulty digesting sugar
severely dehydrated
not passing urine
bleeding in the brain or spinal cord
ischaemic stroke
It may not be safe for you to be given Glucose Intravenous Infusion, if you are not sure, check with your doctor.

Before you are given it

Tell your doctor if:

1. you have any allergies to:

any other medicine
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes

2. you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:

ischaemic heart disease
problem digesting carbohydrates or sugars
alcoholism
vitamin B deficiency
low levels of potassium, magnesium or phosphorus in your blood

3. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant

Your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefit of being given Glucose Intravenous Infusion during pregnancy

4. you are breast-feeding or plan to breast feed

It is not known whether glucose passes into breast milk. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of taking Glucose Intravenous Infusion whilst breastfeeding.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may affect the way glucose works. Your doctor will advise you about continuing to take other medicines.

How Glucose Intravenous Infusion is given

Treatment with Glucose Intravenous Infusion usually occurs in a hospital. It will be given to you as a slow injection into one of your veins (this is called an intravenous infusion) by your doctor or a specially trained nurse.

How much is given

Your doctor will decide what dose, how often and how long you will receive it. This depends on your condition and other factors, such as your weight, age, blood tests, how well your kidneys are working, and whether or not other medicines are being given at the same time.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
These directions may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Never administer this medicine yourself.

If you are given too much (overdose)

This rarely happens as Glucose Intravenous Infusion is administered under the care of a highly trained doctor or nurse.
However, if you are given too much glucose you may experience some of the effects listed under "Side Effects" below.
Your doctor has information on how to recognise and treat an overdose. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given Glucose Intravenous Infusion.
Like other medicines, glucose can cause some side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor or temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
Ask your doctor or nurse to answer any questions that you may have.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
pain, bruising or swelling at site of injection
flushing
any swelling of the face or limbs
These are the more common side effects of glucose. Mostly these are mild and short-lived.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
confusion
dehydration, thirsty, dry mouth
passing large amounts of urine
These may be serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor. Some side effects may only be seen by your doctor.

Product Description

What it looks like

Glucose Intravenous Infusion is a clear, colourless solution contained in glass vial.
Glucose Intravenous Infusion can be identified by an Australian Register Number, which is found on the packaging - AUST R 11371

Ingredients

Glucose Intravenous Infusion contains glucose in Water for Injections. It does not contain a preservative.

Manufacturer

Pfizer (Perth) Pty Limited
ABN 32 051 824 956
15 Brodie Hall Drive,
Bentley WA 6102 Australia

Sponsor

Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
ABN 50 008 422 348
38-42 Wharf Road
West Ryde NSW 2114
Australia
 
This Consumer Medicine Information was prepared in August 2012.
 
© Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd 2012.