Normal Saline (flush)
What is Normal Saline flush?
Normal Saline is the chemical name for salt. This medicine can reduce some types of bacteria.
Normal Saline is used to clean out an intravenous (IV) catheter, which helps prevent blockage and removes any medicine left in the catheter area after you have received an IV infusion.
Normal Saline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
Before using Normal Saline, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs.
How should I use Normal Saline flush?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or more often than recommended.
You will use Normal Saline each time you use your IV catheter. Follow your doctor's instructions about how many times per day to use the flush.
Before using the flush, check the solution container to make sure there are no leaks in it. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Call your doctor or tell your caregivers if your catheter, needle, or IV tubing becomes blocked or if the flush or IV medicine is not flowing normally.
Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Store Normal Saline at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep all of your catheter flush supplies in a clean dry place when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you use flush your catheter each time you use it, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of Normal Saline flush is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid while using sodium chloride flush?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Normal Saline flush side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Normal Saline and call your doctor at once if you have any of these side effects while using the flush:
Common side effects may include:
cold feeling or mild burning; or
mild irritation around the catheter.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Normal Saline flush?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on Normal Saline used to flush your catheter. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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