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5% CARBON DIOXIDE/AIR MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE

Active substance(s): CARBON DIOXIDE / MEDICAL AIR

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5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture
Medicinal gas, compressed
Package Leaflet: Information for the User
5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture,
Carbon Dioxide 5%, Medical Air 95%,
Medicinal gas, compressed

1. WHAT IS 5% CARBON DIOXIDE/AIR
MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE AND WHAT IS IT
USED FOR

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
using this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet as you may need to read it
again.
• If you have further questions, ask your
healthcare professional (doctor, nurse or
pharmacist).
• This medicine has been prescribed for you.
• Do not pass it on to others as it may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects become serious, or
if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your healthcare professional
immediately.

5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture is a
medicinal gas mixture, supplied in cylinders filled
to a high pressure.

This leaflet gives you information about:
1. What is 5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas
Mixture and what is it used for
2. Things to consider before use
3. How to use 5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas
Mixture
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store 5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical
Gas Mixture cylinders
6. Further Information

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The most common use of 5% Carbon Dioxide/
Air Medical Gas Mixture is to stimulate breathing
air after a period of non-breathing such as after
anaesthesia.

2. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE USE
5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture is
only given to you in a hospital or clinic under the
supervision of a healthcare professional. Ensure
that your healthcare professional is aware of any
medical conditions that you may have.

5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture Medicinal gas, compressed

Take special care with 5% Carbon Dioxide/Air
Medical Gas if:
• you have a chronic lung disease such as
bronchitis.
• you are taking other drugs that affect your
breathing.
• it is taken with anaesthetic agents, as using
these together may affect the normal rhythms
of the heart.

3. HOW TO USE 5% CARBON DIOXIDE/AIR
MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE

Taking other medicines
5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture should
not be used with adrenaline or similar drugs.

When you are given your 5% Carbon Dioxide/
Air Medical Gas Mixture it will be supplied via a
facemask.

5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas mixture can
affect other medicines in the body, including those
taken for treating high blood pressure and muscle
relaxants.

If you have any further questions on how this
product is used, ask your healthcare professional.

Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture
will not affect you or your baby if used during
pregnancy or whilst breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
You may drive and use machines after using 5%
Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture providing
that your healthcare professional considers that
you are both fit and capable.

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Instructions for use
Your healthcare professional will ensure that your
5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture supply
is suitable for your use and that the equipment has
been set up correctly so that you receive the right
amount of gas.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, 5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical
Gas Mixture may cause side effects, although not
everybody will get them.
The side effects which may occur are:
• sweating
• feeling sick
• headache
Reporting of side effects
If you experience any of these side effects, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
contact your healthcare professional immediately.
You can also report side effects directly to the
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory
Agency (MHRA) via the Yellow Card Scheme www.
mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard and to BOC Healthcare. By
reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture Medicinal gas, compressed

5. HOW TO STORE 5% CARBON DIOXIDE/AIR
MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE CYLINDERS
Expiry date
5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture should
not be used after the expiry date stated on the
batch label on the cylinder.
Product should be used in strict rotation so that
cylinders with the earliest expiry date are used
first.
Cylinder storage
Cylinders should be securely stored, in a well
ventilated, dry and clean area, away from oils,
greases, flammable materials and sources of
extreme temperature.
The healthcare professional in the hospital or clinic
will be responsible for making sure the cylinders
are stored correctly.

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5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture
cylinders
5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas mixture is
supplied in the following size cylinders:
Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

AV

1350

L

6750

The shoulder of the cylinders are colour coded
bright green. The body is colour coded light green.

Shoulder of cylinder
viewed from above

Body of cylinder
viewed from the side

DO NOT SMOKE or have a naked flame near your
5% Carbon Dioxide 95% Air gas cylinder.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What 5% Carbon Dioxide/Air Medical Gas Mixture
contains
Your cylinder contains 5% Carbon Dioxide and 95%
Medical Air.
There are no other ingredients.

All cylinders require a separate pressure regulator
to be fitted to the cylinder valve before use.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
BOC Ltd
The Priestley Centre
10 Priestley Road
The Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XY
Tel 0800 111333
This leaflet was last approved in
02/2016

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HLC/505550_5%CO2_AIR/UKS/0316

NEVER use oil based moisturising creams with
your cylinder equipment.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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