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Hydroxyethyl starch Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to hydroxyethyl starch: parenteral injection

Side effects include:

Pruritus, increased serum amylase concentrations, hemodilution (resulting in decreased concentrations of coagulation factors, other plasma proteins, and hematocrit).

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to hydroxyethyl starch: intravenous solution


Postmarketing reports: Hypotension/shock/circulatory collapse[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Pruritus[Ref]


Frequency not reported: aPTT elevated, PT prolonged, wound hemorrhage, anemia, coagulopathy[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactic/anaphylactoid/hypersensitivity reactions[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Voluven (hydroxyethyl starch)." Hospira Inc, Lake Forest, IL.

Not all side effects for hydroxyethyl starch may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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