SODIUM BICARBONATE 8.4% W/V SOLUTION FOR INFUSION

Active substance: SODIUM BICARBONATE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

8.4 % w/v Sodium Bicarbonate Intravenous Infusion BP
Sodium bicarbonate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
– Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
– If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
– This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
– If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1. What Sodium Bicarbonate is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Sodium Bicarbonate
3. How to use Sodium Bicarbonate
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Sodium Bicarbonate
6. Further information

1. WHAT SODIUM BICARBONATE IS AND
WHAT IT IS USED FOR
This medicine contains sodium bicarbonate (bicarbonate
of soda) which is used to correct the acid-base balance (a
disorder of metabolism) in the body.
The situations in which you may receive this product include:
• when you have too much acid in your body fluids or
• when your urine has to be made more alkaline e.g. in
order to promote the excretion of certain drugs

2. BEFORE YOU USE SODIUM
BICARBONATE
You should not receive Sodium Bicarbonate
if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
• too much alkali in your body fluids
• abnormally high level of sodium in your blood
• abnormally low level of potassium in your blood.
Take special care with Sodium Bicarbonate
in presence of the following conditions:
• certain types of breathing problems
• abnormally low levels of calcium
• when intake of sodium should be limited as may be
the case with
– some kinds of heart disease
– fluid retention with swelling
– high blood pressure
– eclampsia (a condition causing convulsions during
pregnancy)
– severe kidney disease.

8.4 % w/v Sodium Bicarbonate should only be given to
you as an intravenous infusion (as a drip into a vein).
New-born babies and children below 2 years of age
should receive Sodium Bicarbonate only at a lower dose
level and a particular low infusion (drip) rate.
Special care will be taken while you are receiving the medicine to ensure that the correct potassium and sodium
levels are maintained in your blood.
Taking or using other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Sodium Bicarbonate may interact with other medicines, in
particular
• lithium (used to treat mental disease)
• some steroid products, e.g. cortisones
• androgens (a male hormone)
• diuretics (medicine increasing the urine flow).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking
any medicine.
Pregnancy:
Bicarbonate also readily crosses the placenta. No unwanted effects, however, are expected to occur if 8.4 % w/v
Sodium Bicarbonate Intravenous Infusion is used as prescribed when given during pregnancy.
You should not normally receive this product if you have
eclampsia.
Breast-feeding:
Your doctor will advise whether it should be used if you
are breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Sodium Bicarbonate has no influence on the ability to
drive and use machines

3. HOW TO USE SODIUM BICARBONATE
You will be given Sodium Bicarbonate by infusion into a
vein (intravenous drip).
Your doctor will decide how much 8.4 % w/v Sodium
Bicarbonate and for how long the infusion should be
given. This will depend upon your clinical condition.
You will normally receive up to 60 ml of 8.4 % w/v Sodium
Bicarbonate Intravenous Infusion per hour.
New-born babies and children below 2 years of age
should receive Sodium Bicarbonate only at a lower dose
level and a particular low infusion (drip) rate.
If you received more medicine than you should
It is unlikely that this happens because Sodium Bicarbonate is given to you by a doctor or a nurse. Yet if you received an overdose your blood may become too alkaline or
too concentrated with respect to dissolved salts.
If you received Sodium Bicarbonate too rapidly, more carbon dioxide may be released, which may adversely affect
your brain.
If overdose occurs, your infusion will be stopped. Your
doctor will decide on further treatment and medication
that you may need.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, 8.4 % w/v Sodium Bicarbonate Intravenous Infusion BP can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
It is unlikely that 8.4 % w/v Sodium Bicarbonate Intravenous Infusion would cause any unwanted effects when
used as directed.
If you notice any side effects, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

Do not use 8.4 % w/v Sodium Bicarbonate Intravenous
Infusion BP if you notice
• cloudiness of solution,
• particles in the solution,
• leaking of the bottle.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What 8.4 % w/v Sodium Bicarbonate Intravenous Infusion
BP contains
The active substance is:
sodium bicarbonate
1000 ml of the solution contain 84.0 g of sodium bicarbonate.
The other ingredients are:
disodium edetate and water for injections
What Sodium Bicarbonate looks like and contents of
the pack
8.4 % w/v Sodium Bicarbonate Intravenous Infusion is a
solution for infusion (a solution for administration by a
vein drip).
It is a clear, colourless sterile solution of sodium bicarbonate in water.
It is available in the following presentations:
100 ml and 250 ml glass bottles, sealed with rubber
stoppers.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
B. Braun Melsungen AG
Carl-Braun-Str. 1
34212 Melsungen, Germany

5. HOW TO STORE SODIUM BICARBONATE

Postal address:
34209 Melsungen, Germany

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use 8.4 % w/v Sodium Bicarbonate Intravenous
Infusion BP after the expiry date which is stated on the
bottle and the outer carton. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Do not store above 25 °C.

This leaflet was last approved in
October 2008


B. Braun Melsungen AG
34209 Melsungen, Germany

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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