What is hetastarch injection?
HETASTARCH (Hespan®) treats or prevents shock, following serious injury, bleeding, surgery, or burns, by increasing the volume of blood plasma. Hetastarch is not a substitute for blood, but is for emergency situations when whole blood or blood products are not available. Generic hetastarch injections are available.
What should my health care professional know before I receive hetastarch?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
bleeding disorder or blood disease
disease of the brain
having intramuscular injections
heart, liver, or kidney disease
fluid on the lungs
other chronic illness
an unusual or allergic reaction to corn, hetastarch, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Hetastarch is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
What drug(s) may interact with hetastarch?
certain hormones (steroids) such as cortisone or prednisone
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What should I watch for while taking hetastarch?
Your condition will be closely monitored while you receive hetastarch.
What side effects may I notice from receiving hetastarch?
Side effects from hetastarch include:
Rare or uncommon:
difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hands, or feet
tightness in the chest, cough, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
unusual rash, bleeding or bruising, or pinpoint red spots on the skin
confusion, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting spells
fast or uneven heart beat, palpitations, or chest pain
blood disorder or anemia
joint or muscle pains
pain and burning at the injection site
skin rash or redness, itching (hives)
unusual swelling of the body, not passing urine or difficulty passing urine
unusual swelling, not passing urine or difficulty passing urine
Where can I keep my medicine?
Hetastarch injection is given only by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
March 21, 2017
U.S. FDA-approved Package Insert