Generic name: Tetrastarch [ TET-ra-starch ]
Drug class: Plasma expanders
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 10, 2022.
The Voluven brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. If generic versions of this product have been approved by the FDA, there may be generic equivalents available.
- This medicine may raise the risk of severe kidney problems and death in people who are very ill or who have a severe blood infection. This drug must not be used in these people.
Uses of Voluven:
- It is used to treat or prevent low blood volume.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Voluven?
- If you are allergic to Voluven (tetrastarch); any part of Voluven (tetrastarch); 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: Bleeding in the brain, bleeding problems, blood clotting problems, heart failure, high blood volume, high chloride levels, high sodium levels, kidney disease, or liver disease.
- If you are not able to pass urine.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Voluven (tetrastarch).
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 Voluven (tetrastarch) 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 Voluven?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Voluven (tetrastarch). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may raise the chance of bleeding in patients who have heart surgery. Tell your doctor if you are going to be having heart surgery.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Blood work may need to be checked for at least 90 days after Voluven (tetrastarch) is given. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take Voluven (tetrastarch).
- If you are 65 or older, use Voluven (tetrastarch) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Voluven) best taken?
Use Voluven (tetrastarch) 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?
- This medicine will be given on an as needed basis in a healthcare setting.
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 kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
- Flu-like signs.
- Fast, slow, or abnormal heartbeat.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
What are some other side effects of Voluven?
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:
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 Voluven?
- If you need to store Voluven (tetrastarch) 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 Voluven (tetrastarch), 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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