Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some of the common questions people ask about Sodium Chloride
Injection. It does not contain all the information that is known about Sodium Chloride
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor will have weighed the risks of
you being given Sodium Chloride Injection against the benefits they expect it will
have for you.
If you have any concerns about being given this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet.
You may need to read it again.
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
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
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
You should not be given Sodium Chloride Injection if you have the following medical
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
excess fluid in the lungs
swelling due to excess fluid
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
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you
buy at the chemist, supermarket or health food shop including:
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
It will be given by injection, or applied to open wounds if is being used as an irrigation
The dosage you will be given will depend on your body size, age and the condition
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.
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
tiredness or drowsiness
muscle weakness or cramps
restlessness or irritability
Sodium Chloride Injection will be stored by your doctor or pharmacist under the recommended
It should be kept in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 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.
Ask your pharmacist what to do with any Sodium Chloride Injection you have left over
or you find that the expiry date has passed.
Sodium Chloride Injection 0.9% is a clear, colourless solution.
It contains sodium chloride 0.9% as the active ingredient,
Water for Injections
Hydrochloric acid for pH adjustment
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,
Water for Injections
Sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid for pH adjustment.
Sodium Chloride Injection 20% is available as:
Polyamp DuoFit®10mL in boxes of 50
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Tel: 1800 805 342
This leaflet was prepared on 13th August 2018.
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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