Sodium Chloride 0.9%

Sodium Chloride
Consumer Product Information
 

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What Sodium Chloride Injection is for

Sodium Chloride Injection 0.9% is used to replace lost body fluids and salts. Other medicines which are given by injection or by a drip, may be diluted with Sodium Chloride Injection 0.9%.
Sodium Chloride Injection 0.9% can also be used as a sterile irrigation solution.
Sodium Chloride Injection 20% can be used as an additive to glucose drips, to correct any salt and fluid imbalances in your body.
Sodium Chloride Injection 20% can also be used to treat varicose veins.
Your doctor will have explained why you are being given Sodium Chloride Injection.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for another use. Ask your doctor if you want more information.
Sodium Chloride Injection is not addictive.

Before you are given Sodium Chloride Injection

You may already have been given Sodium Chloride Injection. Your doctor will have considered the situation carefully and decided to use it. However, if any of the following applies to you, tell your doctor immediately.

When you must not use it

Sodium Chloride Injection will only be used if the solution is clear, the package is undamaged and the use by (expiry) date marked on the pack has not been passed.
You should not be given Sodium Chloride Injection if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless your doctor says it is safe. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits involved.
You should not be given Sodium Chloride Injection if you have the following medical conditions:
congestive heart failure
severe kidney disease
swelling due to excess fluid
cirrhosis of the liver

Before you are given it

You must tell your doctor if you have any of these medical conditions
heart problems
excess fluid in the lungs
swelling due to excess fluid
kidney disease
high blood pressure including high blood pressure due to pregnancy
problems with your urinary tract
It may not be safe for you to be given Sodium Chloride Injection if you have any of these conditions.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy at the chemist, supermarket or health food shop including:
corticosteroids
These medicines may affect the way Sodium Chloride Injection works.
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.
If you have not told your doctor about any of these things, tell them before you are given any Sodium Chloride Injection.

How Sodium Chloride Injection is given

Sodium Chloride Injection will be given to you by your doctor or a specially trained nurse.
It will be given by injection, or applied to open wounds if is being used as an irrigation solution.
The dosage you will be given will depend on your body size, age and the condition being treated.

Overdose

The doctor or nurse giving you Sodium Chloride Injection will be experienced in its use so it is extremely unlikely that you will be given too much.
However, the first signs of overdose can be nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps, reduced saliva and increased thirst.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given Sodium Chloride Injection.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
reduced saliva or dry eyes
headache
tiredness or drowsiness
dizziness
increased sweating
increased thirst
muscle weakness or cramps
restlessness or irritability
confusion
fever

Storage

Sodium Chloride Injection will be stored by your doctor or pharmacist under the recommended conditions.
It should be kept in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C for glass ampoules, 25°C for the 0.9% 5 mL plastic ampoules and 30°C for the 0.9% 10 mL plastic ampoules and 20% 10 mL plastic ampoules.

Disposal

Ask your pharmacist what to do with any Sodium Chloride Injection you have left over or you find that the expiry date has passed.

Product description

Sodium Chloride Injection 0.9% is a clear, colourless solution.
It contains sodium chloride 0.9% as the active ingredient,
plus
Water for Injections.
Sodium Chloride Injection 0.9% is available as:
Polyamp DuoFit® 5 mL (plastic ampoules) in boxes of 50
Polyamp DuoFit® 10 mL (plastic ampoules) in boxes of 30, 50 and 400
Sodium Chloride Injection 20% is a clear, colourless solution.
It contains sodium chloride 20% as the active ingredient,
plus
Water for Injections.
Sodium Chloride Injection 20% is available as:
Polyamp DuoFit®10mL in boxes of 50

Manufacturer

AstraZeneca Pty Ltd
ABN 54 009 682 311
Alma Road
NORTH RYDE NSW 2113
 
This leaflet was prepared in March 2013.
 
Australian Registration Numbers
Sodium Chloride 0.9% Injection
10mL amp 48347
5mL amp 48346
2mL amp 11974
 
Sodium Chloride 20% Injection
10 mL amp 11983
 
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