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SMOFlipid Side Effects

Generic Name: fat emulsion

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug fat emulsion. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name SMOFlipid.

Applies to fat emulsion: intravenous emulsion

As well as its needed effects, fat emulsion (the active ingredient contained in SMOFlipid) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking fat emulsion, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

More common:
  • Bladder pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • chills
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • fever
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • lower back or side pain
  • sore throat
  • vomiting
Rare
  • Back pain
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • headache
  • hives
  • shortness of breath
  • weakness or lightheadedness
Incidence not known:
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • changes in skin color
  • changes in urination
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • increased thirst
  • rash
  • swelling and redness in the lower leg
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Minor Side Effects

Some fat emulsion side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:
  • Nausea
  • Redness, swelling, or pain at the injection site
Less common:
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy skin

It is possible that some side effects of SMOFlipid may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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