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   Dextrose 50% in Water (D50W)

Dextrose 50% in Water (D50W)
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This medication is used to treat people with severely low blood sugar who have symptoms such as loss of consciousness. This medication rapidly restores your blood sugar levels. Dextrose is a natural sugar found in the body and serves as a major energy source.This medication may also be diluted to prepare nutritional injections for patients who cannot get enough nutrients from food or who are unable to eat by mouth. It may also be used as part of the treatments for other conditions. When used as an energy source, dextrose allows the body to preserve its muscle mass.



 
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Dextrose 50% in Water (D50W)

Uses
This medication is used to treat people with severely low blood sugar who have symptoms such as loss of consciousness. This medication rapidly restores your blood sugar levels. Dextrose is a natural sugar found in the body and serves as a major energy source.This medication may also be diluted to prepare nutritional injections for patients who cannot get enough nutrients from food or who are unable to eat by mouth. It may also be used as part of the treatments for other conditions. When used as an energy source, dextrose allows the body to preserve its muscle mass.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood or urine sugar levels) should be performed from time to time to monitor your progress.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C).
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.Do not prepare the syringe until it is needed.


How To Use
  • This medication is given into a vein by a healthcare professional in a hospital or clinic setting, usually at the first sign of extremely low blood sugar.
  • Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration.
  • If either is present, do not use the liquid.Avoid injecting this product under the skin because it will cause skin irritation.If you are currently receiving a blood transfusion, this medication should not be injected into the same vein.After this medication is used to restore your blood sugar level, usually you should then receive a watered-down form of dextrose solution.
  • This will prevent a natural reaction in your body that would lower your blood sugar again.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Redness, swelling, pain, or irritation at the injection site may occur.
  • Skin reddening (flushing) may occur for the first 10 minutes following injection of this drug.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fever, trouble breathing, swelling of ankles/feet.High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can occur following an injection of dextrose, especially in diabetics.
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar include thirst, increased urination, confusion, drowsiness, flushing, rapid breathing, and fruity breath odor.
  • If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor immediately.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: delirium tremens with loss of body fluids (dehydration), bleeding into the brain/spinal cord.If receiving this product as part of ongoing nutrition injections, notify your doctor of any history of vitamin B deficiencies.
  • Your doctor will also need to provide you with extra potassium into the vein.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Not applicable.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

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