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Bionect

Generic Name: sodium hyaluronate topical (SOE dee um HYE al ure ON ate)
Brand Name: Bionect, Gelclair, Hylira, RadiaPlexRx, Xclair

What is Bionect (sodium hyaluronate topical)?

Sodium hyaluronate is similar to the fluid that surrounds your joints. Sodium hyaluronate acts as a lubricant on the skin by restoring moisture and preventing friction or abrasion.

Sodium hyaluronate is used to treat skin ulcers such as bed sores or diabetic foot ulcers, as well as burn wounds, surgical incisions, cuts, abrasions, and other skin irritations.

Sodium hyaluronate topical is also used to treat dry or scaly skin.

Sodium hyaluronate oral gel is used to treat mouth sores or other irritation caused by infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatments, or dental work.

Sodium hyaluronate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Bionect (sodium hyaluronate topical)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sodium hyaluronate.

Clean and disinfect the skin area before applying sodium hyaluronate topical. Avoid using a wound disinfectant that contains quarternary ammonium salts. Use only the wound disinfecting method your doctor recommends.

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To prevent contaminating the medication tube or bottle, use a sterile rubber glove or finger cot while applying sodium hyaluronate topical. Also do not share the medication with other people.

Avoid getting sodium hyaluronate skin medication on your lips or in your mouth, nose, or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Only the oral gel form of sodium hyaluronate is safe to use in the mouth.

Stop using the medication and call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, or if you develop any new signs of skin infection such as redness, warmth, swelling, or oozing.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Bionect (sodium hyaluronate topical)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sodium hyaluronate.

FDA pregnancy category C. Before using sodium hyaluronate, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether sodium hyaluronate topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Bionect (sodium hyaluronate topical)?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

To use this medication on the skin:

  • Clean and disinfect the skin area before applying sodium hyaluronate topical cream, gel, film, or spray.

  • Apply enough of the medication to cover the wound or affected skin area entirely.

  • If you use sodium hyaluronate gel or cream on an open skin wound, dab a thin layer of the medicine onto the affected area with as little rubbing as possible.

  • To prevent contaminating the medication tube or bottle, use a sterile rubber glove or finger cot while applying sodium hyaluronate topical. Also do not share the medication with other people.

  • Cover the treated skin area with a sterile gauze pad or other dressing recommended by your doctor.

  • Sodium hyaluronate topical for use on the skin is usually applied 2 or 3 times per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.

To use the sodium hyaluronate oral gel:

  • Tear open the gel packet and pour the entire contents into a drinking glass. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and stir this mixture well.

  • If you do not have water available while using the oral gel, you may use it undiluted.

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly by swishing and gargling with the mixture in your mouth for at least 1 minute.

  • Make sure your gums, teeth, tongue, and insides of your cheeks are well coated with the medicine before spitting it out.

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 1 hour after using the oral gel.

  • Sodium hyaluronate oral gel may be used 3 times per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Stop using the medication and call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse while using this medication.

Store sodium hyaluronate at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube or bottle tightly closed when not in use. Do not tear open an oral gel packet until you are ready to use it.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of sodium hyaluronate applied to the skin or used as a mouth rinse is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.

What should I avoid while taking Bionect (sodium hyaluronate topical)?

Avoid getting sodium hyaluronate skin medication on your lips or in your mouth, nose, or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Only the oral gel form of sodium hyaluronate is safe to use in the mouth.

Avoid using a wound disinfectant that contains quarternary ammonium salts. Use only the wound disinfecting method your doctor recommends.

Bionect (sodium hyaluronate topical) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using the medication and call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, or if you develop any new signs of skin infection such as redness, warmth, swelling, or oozing.

Sodium hyaluronate oral gel may cause a mild burning sensation in your mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Bionect (sodium hyaluronate topical)?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied sodium hyaluronate. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about sodium hyaluronate topical.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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