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Nutrilyte

Generic Name: total parenteral nutrition (tpn) electrolytes (TOE-tal par-EN-ter-al noo-TRISH-un e-LECK-troe-lites)
Brand Name: Examples include Nutrilyte and Nutrilyte II

Nutrilyte is used for:

Providing electrolytes to the body when more are needed. This product must by mixed in total parenteral nutrition (TPN) solution before it is given.

Nutrilyte is an electrolyte solution to be infused intravenously (IV) (into the vein).

Do NOT use Nutrilyte if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Nutrilyte
  • you have severe swelling caused by heart, kidney, or liver problems; high blood potassium levels; or certain heart problems (eg, heart block)
  • you are not able to pass urine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Nutrilyte:

Some medical conditions may interact with Nutrilyte. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have swelling or problems with retaining fluid
  • if you have heart problems (eg, heart failure), blockage of the urinary tract, blood acid or electrolyte problems, or kidney or liver problems
  • if you are taking a corticosteroid (eg, prednisone) or corticotropin

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Nutrilyte. However, no specific interactions with Nutrilyte are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Nutrilyte may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Nutrilyte:

Use Nutrilyte as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • After it is added to TPN solution, Nutrilyte is administered as an infusion at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Nutrilyte, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Nutrilyte.

Important safety information:

  • Check with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.
  • Lab tests may be performed while you use Nutrilyte. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Nutrilyte with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Not all products are meant for use in CHILDREN. Talk with the doctor.
  • Caution is advised when using Nutrilyte in NEWBORNS because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Nutrilyte during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Nutrilyte, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Nutrilyte:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If you have any side effects that continue or become bothersome, check with your doctor. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); shortness of breath; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, legs, or feet; symptoms of fluid or electrolyte problems (eg, burning, numbness, or tingling; confusion; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; loss of appetite; mood changes; muscle pain, twitching, or weakness; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness; unusual tiredness or weakness).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Nutrilyte:

Nutrilyte is handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Nutrilyte, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Nutrilyte is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Nutrilyte or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Nutrilyte. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Nutrilyte. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Nutrilyte.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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