Hetastarch; Dextrose; Electrolytes

March 21, 2017

Calcium, Hydroxyethyl Starches/Hetastarch, Chloride, Dextrose, Lactate, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

HETASTARCH; DEXTROSE; ELECTROLYTES (HET a stahrch DEX trose; ee LEK tro lites) treats or prevents shock, following serious injury, bleeding, surgery, or burns, by increasing the volume of blood plasma. This medicine is not a substitute for blood. It is used in emergency situations when whole blood or blood products are not available.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • bleeding disorder or blood disease

  • electrolyte imbalance (such as a high potassium level in the blood)

  • fluid on the lungs

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to corn, hetastarch, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be prescribed for children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • digoxin

  • potassium salts

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be closely monitored while you are receiving this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • bleeding or bruising

  • breathing problems

  • confusion, dizziness

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • fever, chills

  • headache

  • joint or muscle pains

  • nausea, vomiting

  • restlessness

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • pain and burning at the injection site

  • stuffy nose

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.


March 21, 2017


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