Generic name: Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Electrolytes [ TOE-tal-par-EN-ter-al-noo-TRISH-un-e-LECK-troe-lites ]
Brand names: Nutrilyte, Nutrilyte II
Drug class: Intravenous nutritional products
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 7, 2023.
Uses of Nutrilyte:
- It is used to give electrolytes to the body when more are needed. This product must be mixed in TPN solution before it is given.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Nutrilyte?
- If you are allergic to Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes); any part of Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Swelling caused by heart, kidney, or liver problems; high blood electrolyte levels like high potassium levels; or heart problems like heart block.
- If you are not able to pass urine.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
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 Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes) 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 Nutrilyte?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If you are taking a salt substitute that has potassium in it, a potassium-sparing diuretic, or a potassium product, talk with your doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes) with care. You could have more side effects.
- This medicine may contain aluminum. There is a chance of aluminum toxicity if you are on Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes) 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.
- Not all products are meant for use in children. 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 Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes) 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 (Nutrilyte) best taken?
Use Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes) 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 after being added to fluids.
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 fluid and electrolyte problems like mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, very bad dizziness or passing out, fast heartbeat, more thirst, seizures, feeling very tired or weak, not hungry, unable to pass urine or change in the amount of urine produced, dry mouth, dry eyes, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
What are some other side effects of Nutrilyte?
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 you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
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 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://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 Nutrilyte?
- If you need to store Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- 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 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 Nutrilyte (total parenteral nutrition (TPN) electrolytes), 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.
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