Skip to Content

Nutrilipid

Generic Name: Fat Emulsion (Plant Based) (fat e MUL shun plant baste)
Brand Name: Intralipid, Liposyn III, Nutrilipid

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Warning

  • Watch premature infants closely. Very bad and sometime deadly side effects have happened due to too much fat getting into the lungs. Talk with the doctor.

Uses of Nutrilipid:

  • It is used to aid diet needs.
  • It is used to give nutrition to the body.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Nutrilipid?

  • If you have an allergy to fat emulsion or any other part of Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have high triglycerides, talk with your doctor.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Nutrilipid?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab workers know you use Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)).
  • If you are taking warfarin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)).
  • Unsafe allergic effects may rarely happen.
  • This medicine may contain aluminum. There is a chance of aluminum toxicity if you are on Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)) for a long time. The risk is greater if you have kidney problems. The risk is also higher in premature infants. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Nutrilipid) best taken?

Use Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of a pancreas problem (pancreatitis) like very bad stomach pain, very bad back pain, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
  • Dizziness or passing out.
  • Blue or gray skin color.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Headache.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.

What are some other side effects of Nutrilipid?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Nutrilipid?

  • If you need to store Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Nutrilipid (fat emulsion (plant based)), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Hide