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5% GLUCOSE INTRAVENOUS INFUSION SOLUTION
Active substance(s): DEXTROSE MONOHYDRATE
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
5% GLUCOSE INTRAVENOUS INFUSION SOLUTION
Read all of this leaflet carefully before being given this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or nurse
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. See section 4
What is in this leaflet
1. What 5% Glucose Intravenous Infusion Solution is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you are given 5% Glucose Intravenous Infusion Solution
3. How 5% Glucose Intravenous Infusion Solution is give
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store 5% Glucose Intravenous Infusion Solution
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT 5% GLUCOSE INTRAVENOUS INFUSION
SOLUTION IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
5% Glucose Intravenous Infusion Solution is a clear
colourless to faintly straw-coloured solution of glucose in
water. The solution is stored in a sealed flexible plastic bag.
Glucose is a simple sugar, which provides a source of
energy. Glucose infusions are used to replace fluid loss
from the body, to restore the body’s water balance.
Glucose infusions can be given alone but may be given
with added salts such as sodium or potassium. You may
be given glucose solution with other medicines added,
depending on your condition.
Glucose infusions will be given to you in hospital by a
doctor or nurse.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARE
GIVEN 5% GLUCOSE INTRAVENOUS INFUSION
You must NOT be given this solution if you have:
• an allergy to glucose or any of the other ingredients
• hyperglycaemia (high levels of glucose in the blood)
• a condition of water excess, such as liver disease or
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or nurse if you:
• have diabetes mellitus
• have kidney failure
• have suffered a stroke
• are pregnant or are breast-feeding
Other medicines and 5% Glucose Intravenous Infusion
Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently
taken any other medicines.
The solution should be used with care during
pregnancy and breast-feeding to avoid extreme levels of
glucose in the mother and the fœtus or baby.
Driving and using machines
Glucose infusion has no effect on your ability to drive
or use machines.
3. HOW 5% GLUCOSE INTRAVENOUS INFUSION
SOLUTION IS GIVEN
Glucose infusion will be given to you in hospital.
You will receive the solution by infusion into a vein
(usually in your arm), administered by a doctor or nurse.
The amount and rate at which the infusion is given
depends on your requirements. Normally the volume given
to adults is between 2 and 10 litres per day. Your doctor
will decide on the correct volume for you to receive.
Your doctor will check your response to the treatment
by the relief of your symptoms, and will probably take
samples of blood and urine for laboratory testing.
If you are given more glucose infusion than you should
It is unlikely you will be given too much solution as
your doctor or nurse will be checking your response to
the treatment. If you receive too much solution, the
balance of some chemicals in your blood may be upset
and levels of glucose in your blood or urine may be
raised. You may feel weak, confused, and have a fast
heart rate. If you are concerned about the volume of
solution given, or are worried about any effects you
notice, talk to your doctor or nurse.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor or nurse.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or think you may
be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your
doctor for advice before being given this medicine.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
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The infusion should be stopped immediately if you
experience an adverse reaction.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
Glucose infusion can cause upset fluid and salt
(electrolyte) levels which may cause patients to feel
weak, drowsy, confused or nauseous, or have muscle
cramps. Heart rhythm may be abnormal and heart rate
may be fast. Glucose infusions can cause low levels of
blood glucose which may result in headaches, sweating,
shaking, numbness, slurred speech or confusion.
What 5% Glucose Intravenous Infusion Solution
The active substance is glucose anhydrous (glucose) as
glucose monohydrate. Each litre of solution contains
50g glucose as glucose monohydrate. Each litre
contains 278 mmol glucose.
The other other ingredient is water for injections.
Glucose infusions can cause irritation and discomfort at
the site of infusion.
Some diabetic patients receiving glucose solution with
insulin may feel weak, drowsy or dizzy because of upset
What 5% Glucose Intravenous Infusion Solution looks
like and contents of the pack
Glucose infusion is a clear colourless to faintly strawcoloured solution. The solution for infusion is packaged
in a plastic bag or flexible container with an integral
infusion set for direct connection to a catheter. It is
available in sizes of 50ml, 100ml, 250ml and 500ml and,
depending on the container type, 1000ml.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
national reporting system:
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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By reporting side effects, you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE 5% GLUCOSE INTRAVENOUS
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
Do not store above 25°C. Do not freeze. Store in the
original outer container. Do not use this medicine after
the expiry date which is stated on the label after EXP.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This leaflet was last revised in 09/2015.
For information on CD,
please contact the Royal
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The solution should only be used if it is clear and the
container is not damaged. It should be used
immediately on removal from the overwrap. For single
use only. Any unused solution in the bag must be
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. The doctor or nurse will dispose of
this medicine. These measures will help to protect the
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.