Dextrose

Pronunciation

Generic Name: dextrose (DEX-trose)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Dextrose is used for:

Providing fluids containing various amounts of sugars to your body when you are not able to drink enough liquids or when additional fluids are needed. It may also be used as a way to give other injectable medicines.

Dextrose is a sterile solution injected intravenously (IV, into the vein).

Do NOT use dextrose if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in dextrose

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using dextrose:

Some medical conditions may interact with dextrose. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are in a coma (caused by diabetes or liver complications)
  • if you have confusion, memory problems, or bleeding in your head or spine
  • if you have diabetes or high levels of galactose in the blood

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with dextrose. However, no specific interactions with dextrose are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if dextrose may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use dextrose:

Use dextrose as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dextrose is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using dextrose at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If dextrose contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Do not administer through the same IV set at the same time as blood.
  • If you miss a dose of dextrose, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use dextrose.

Important safety information:

  • LAB TESTS, including blood sugar and electrolytes, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Caution is advised when using dextrose in NEWBORNS because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using dextrose during pregnancy. It is unknown if dextrose is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using dextrose, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of dextrose:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Increased urination; pain, redness, or swelling at injection site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); confusion; muscle twitching; seizures; swelling of the hands or feet; weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of dextrose:

Dextrose is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using dextrose at home, store dextrose as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep dextrose out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about dextrose, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dextrose is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take dextrose or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about dextrose. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dextrose. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using dextrose.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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