SODIUM BICARBONATE INJECTION BP MINIJET 4.2%W/V

Active substance: SODIUM BICARBONATE

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Patient Information Leaflet: Sodium Bicarbonate Injection BP Minijet,
4.2 % w/v & 8.4 % w/v Solution for Injection Sodium Bicarbonate

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
are given this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
again
• If you have any further questions, ask
your doctor or nurse
• 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
• In this leaflet, Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection BP Minijet, Solution for
Injection will be called Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection.
In this leaflet:
1. What Sodium Bicarbonate Injection is for
2. Before you are given Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection
3. How Sodium Bicarbonate Injection will
be given to you
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection
6. Further information.

1. What Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
is for
Sodium bicarbonate is a simple chemical
which is used in medicine when your blood
contains too much acid.
Sodium Bicarbonate Injection is given to
return the body’s pH to normal after a
cardiac arrest. During a cardiac arrest
(heart stoppage), the body may build up a
lot of acid, and the sodium bicarbonate
injection will neutralise it.
As Sodium Bicarbonate Injection is only
used in medical emergencies, the injection
will be given by a doctor or nurse in a
hospital.

2. Before you are given Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection
Do not use Sodium Bicarbonate Injection if:






You are allergic to sodium bicarbonate
You have kidney failure
You have heart failure
You have high blood pressure
You have low blood calcium, potassium
or chloride
• You have high blood sodium or pH
• You have had kidney stones
• You suffer from fluid retention
If any of these applies to you talk to your
doctor or nurse.

Tell your doctor if you are taking any of
the following medicines:
• Corticosteroids or Corticotrophin
• Antibiotics (e.g. tetracycline or
methenamine)
• Heart tablets (e.g. quinidine)
• Stimulants (e.g. amphetamines)
• Decongestants (e.g. ephedrine)
• Water tablets (e.g. bumetamide,
ethacrynic acid, frusemide, or thiazides)
• Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin)
• Medicines used to treat diabetes mellitus
(e.g. chlorpropamide)
• Medicines used to treat mood disorders
(e.g. lithium)
• Medicines used to treat Alzheimer’s
disease (e.g. memantine)
• Medicines used to treat high blood
pressure (e.g. mecamylamine)
• Potassium supplements
• Any other medicine, including medicines
obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying
to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sodium Bicarbonate Injection will only be
given to you if your doctor considers the
benefit of treatment outweighs the risk to
the developing or new born baby.

Important information about one of the
ingredients
The 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
contains 22.9 mg of sodium per ml. The
4.2% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
contains 11.5 mg of sodium per ml. To be
taken into consideration by patients on a
controlled sodium diet.

3. How Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
will be given to you
Important:
Sodium Bicarbonate Injection will be given
to you by a doctor or nurse. Your doctor
will choose the dose that is right for you
• Sodium Bicarbonate is injected into a
vein.
• How much you are given depends on
how much you need to counteract the
acid build-up in your blood.
Adults and the elderly
• The usual starting dose is 1mmol for
every kg you weigh
• Followed by 0.5 mmol/kg given at 10
minute intervals
Children
• The usual dose is 1 mmol for every kg
you weigh given by slow IV injection.

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If you think you have been given more
Sodium Bicarbonate Injection than you
should
As this medicine will be given to you by a
doctor or nurse, it is unlikely that you will
be given too little or too much. However, if
you think you have been given too much of
this medicine, please tell your doctor.
Signs of too much sodium bicarbonate
include hyperventilation (over breathing),
very sensitive to slight stimuli, twitching and
high potassium levels in your blood which
may cause you to feel dizzy or tired.
If you have any further questions about the
use of this medicine, ask your doctor or
nurse.

• Feeling hungry, nervous or confused
• Feeling sick or being sick
• New born babies may have bleeding
inside the skull
• Sodium bicarbonate may leak out of the
veins into the surrounding tissue. This
may cause pain, redness or irritation to
the skin
• If the medicine is not correctly injected it
could cause the skin to die around the
injection site.
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 nurse.

4. Possible side effects

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry
date on the carton and vial label. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
Store below 25°C.
Your doctor or nurse will make sure your
medicine is correctly stored and disposed of.

Like all medicines Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Side effects include:
• Twitching
• Muscle spasms
• Felling of weakness or irritability
• Swelling due to a build up of fluid under
the skin
• Feeling thirsty
• Increased urination
• ‘Pins and needles’ in the hands or feet
• Shakiness or sweating

5. How to store Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection

What Sodium Bicarbonate Injection looks
like
Sodium Bicarbonate Injection is a sterile
solution in a clear glass vial. The 4.2 % w/v
solution comes in 10ml vials. The 8.4 % w/v
solution comes in 10ml or 50ml vials
The container is specially designed for use
with the IMS Minijet injector.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
International Medication Systems (UK)
Limited, 208 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire
SL1 3WE, UK.

If this leaflet is difficult to see
or read or you would like it
in a different format, please
contact: International
Medication Systems (UK)
Limited, 208 Bath Road,
Slough, Berkshire SL1 3WE,
UK.

Manufacturer
UCB Pharma Limited, 208 Bath Road,
Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3WE, UK.
This leaflet was last updated September
2010

6. Further information
What Sodium Bicarbonate Injection contains
The active substance is sodium bicarbonate
(4.2 % or 8.4 %).
The only other ingredient is: ‘water for
injections’.

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Colours

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Scale

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125 mm x 250 mm

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