Supartz Side Effects
Generic name: sodium hyaluronate
Note: This document contains side effect information about sodium hyaluronate. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Supartz.
Some side effects of Supartz may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to sodium hyaluronate: intra-articular solution
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking sodium hyaluronate (the active ingredient contained in Supartz) hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
severe pain or swelling around the knee after the injection;
fast heart rate, sweating, chills or shaking; or
heavy feeling, anxiety, confusion.
Less serious side effects of sodium hyaluronate may include:
warmth, pain, stiffness, swelling, or puffiness where the medicine was injected;
nausea, stomach pain;
numbness or tingly feeling;
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
tired feeling; or
itching or skin irritation around the knee.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to sodium hyaluronate: intra-articular solution
Most side effects are related to local reactions such as injection site pain, pain, swelling, effusion, or redness of the joint.
Increased risk, severity, or frequency of side effects does not appear to occur with retreatment of sodium hyaluronate (the active ingredient contained in Supartz)
Local side effects for sodium hyaluronate (the active ingredient contained in Supartz) in relation to placebo therapy have included injection site pain (23% vs 13%), joint pain and swelling (13% vs 13%), and local skin reactions consisting of ecchymosis and rash (14% vs 10%) and pruritus (7% vs 4%). Warmth and redness have also been reported.
Injection site pain was listed as the reason for premature discontinuation of treatment in 4% (6/164) of the patients treated with sodium hyaluronate as compared to < 1% (1/164) of placebo-treated patients.
Patients with inflammatory arthritis may experience transient increases in inflammation of the injected knee following treatment.
Hypersensitivity reactions have included 2 cases of anaphylactoid reactions and 3 cases of allergic reactions, which resolved upon discontinuation of sodium hyaluronate (the active ingredient contained in Supartz)
Hypersensitivity side effects have included anaphylactoid reactions and allergic reactions.
Seven cases of fever were reported in one pivotal clinical study. Subsequently, 3 of these cases were reported to be associated with local reactions. No association to pyrogenic arthritis was found.
Other side effects have included fever and headache.
Gastrointestinal side effects for sodium hyaluronate (the active ingredient contained in Supartz) in relation to placebo therapy have included unspecified complaints (29% vs 36%).
Non-specific gastrointestinal complaints were severe in both 4% of patients treated with sodium hyaluronate and 4% of patients treated with placebo.
Cardiovascular side effects have included hypotensive crisis or shock.
There has been one case report of hypotensive crisis or shock, which resolved and did not reoccur with repeated treatment.
Pseudosepsis has been characterized as severe joint inflammation with pain and effusion occurring 24 to 72 hours after injection and it may be more likely to occur after the second or third injection or with repeated courses. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, intra-articular steroids, and/or arthrocentesis are often required to treat pseudosepsis.
In a pivotal clinical study 1.2% (2/164) patients treated with sodium hyaluronate (the active ingredient contained in Supartz) vs. 1.8% (3/164) patients treated with placebo were reported to have a positive bacterial culture of effusion aspirated from the treated knee. Only 1 of the placebo-treated patients required hospitalization for presumptive treatment for septic arthritis. The remaining 4 patients did not show clinical or subsequent signs of infection.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included knee swelling/effusion and pseudosepsis.
More Supartz resources
- Supartz Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- Supartz injection Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- Supartz MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- sodium hyaluronate gel MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Euflexxa MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Hyalgan MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
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