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Hetastarch in sodium chloride

Generic Name: hetastarch in sodium chloride (HET-uh-starch)
Brand Name: Hespan

Hetastarch in sodium chloride is used for:

Increasing plasma volume during shock caused by bleeding, burns, surgery, or other trauma. It is not a substitute for blood or plasma. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Hetastarch in sodium chloride is a synthetic plasma expander. It works by producing expansion of plasma blood volume.

Do NOT use hetastarch in sodium chloride if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in hetastarch in sodium chloride or to hydroxyethyl starch
  • you have bleeding disorders or conditions in which volume overload may occur (eg, heart failure; kidney disease with urination problems [eg, inability, infrequency] not related to hypovolemia)

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

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Before using hetastarch in sodium chloride:

Some medical conditions may interact with hetastarch in sodium chloride. 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 (especially to corn)
  • if you have heart disease, kidney problems, or a history of liver disease
  • if you have high blood sodium levels or blood volume levels
  • if you have risk factors for congestive heart failure or fluid in the lungs

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with hetastarch in sodium chloride. However, no specific interactions with hetastarch in sodium chloride are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if hetastarch in sodium chloride 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 hetastarch in sodium chloride:

Use hetastarch in sodium chloride as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Hetastarch in sodium chloride is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using hetastarch in sodium chloride at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If hetastarch in sodium chloride contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • When smaller doses are required, the unused portion should be discarded.
  • 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 you miss a dose of hetastarch in sodium chloride, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use hetastarch in sodium chloride.

Important safety information:

  • Hetastarch in sodium chloride may reduce the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. To prevent bleeding, avoid situations in which bruising or injury may occur. Report any unusual bleeding, bruising, blood in stools, or dark, tarry stools to your doctor.
  • Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be needed if you are taking anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), or corticotropin.
  • LAB TESTS, including complete blood cell counts, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use hetastarch in sodium chloride with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking hetastarch in sodium chloride, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using hetastarch in sodium chloride during pregnancy. It is unknown if hetastarch in sodium chloride is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using hetastarch in sodium chloride, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of hetastarch in sodium chloride:

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:

Coughing; flu-like symptoms (chills, headache, mild fever); flushing; lightheadedness; muscle pains; restlessness; sneezing; swelling of ankles or feet; swollen glands in the jaw area; vomiting.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fast or irregular heartbeat; unusual bleeding or bruising.

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 hetastarch in sodium chloride:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about hetastarch in sodium chloride, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Hetastarch in sodium chloride 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 hetastarch in sodium chloride 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 hetastarch in sodium chloride. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to hetastarch in sodium chloride. 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 hetastarch in sodium chloride.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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