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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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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