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Voluven Side Effects

Generic Name: hydroxyethyl starch

Note: This document contains side effect information about hydroxyethyl starch. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Voluven.

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.

Some side effects of Voluven may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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