Provides your body with needed minerals when you are severely dehydrated or cannot eat food by mouth. You also may need this medicine if you have serious medical problems such as AIDS, cancer, or serious burns.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
If you receive this medicine at home, a caregiver will teach you, a family member, or friend how to give the medicine. You may need to add vitamins or medicine to the solution before using it. Your caregiver will show you how to do this.
Do not use this medicine if the solution (liquid) looks cloudy or has solid pieces floating in it. Do not use the medicine if it is separated like oil and water or is leaking from the bag. Carefully follow all instructions for preparing and giving this medicine.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
Remove the medicine from the refrigerator at least 2 hours before using it. This will bring the solution to room temperature and make the injection more comfortable for you. Do not heat the medicine in a microwave oven.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets. Follow any special instructions about how to throw away empty medicine bottles, tubes, or bags.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Your nutritional needs may be higher than normal.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had high levels of potassium or calcium in your blood. These conditions are also known as hyperkalemia or hypercalcemia.
Make sure your doctor knows if you have diabetes, blood clotting problems, or medical problems with your pancreas, liver, or kidney. Tell your doctor if you have heart disease or if you are on a salt-restricted diet.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.