CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Glucose Intravenous Infusion. It
does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking
to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you being
given Glucose Intravenous Infusion against the benefits they expect it to have for
This medicine is likely to be used while you are at the clinic or in hospital. If
possible, please read this leaflet carefully before this medicine is given to you.
In some cases, this leaflet may be given to you after the medicine has been used.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet.
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
corn (maize) or corn products
2. You have or have had the following medical conditions
difficulty digesting sugar
not passing urine
bleeding in the brain or spinal cord
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
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.
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
Tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
pain, bruising or swelling at site of injection
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:
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
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
Glucose Intravenous Infusion contains glucose in Water for Injections. It does not
contain a preservative.
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This Consumer Medicine Information was prepared in February 2020.
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