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9% HELIUM/35% OXYGEN/NITROGEN MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE

Active substance(s): HELIUM / NITROGEN / OXYGEN

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9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen
Medical Gas Mixture
Medicinal gas, compressed
Package Leaflet: Information for the User
9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen
Medical Gas Mixture
Helium 9%, Oxygen 35%, Nitrogen 56%
Medicinal gas, compressed
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.
This leaflet gives you information about:
1. What is 9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen
Medical Gas Mixture and what is it used for
2. Things to consider before use
3. How to use 9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen
Medical Gas Mixture
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store
6. Further Information

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1. WHAT IS 9% HELIUM/35% OXYGEN/
NITROGEN MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE AND
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen Medical Gas
Mixture is a medicinal gas mixture, supplied in
cylinders filled to a high pressure.
This medicinal gas mixture is used for testing
the performance of your lungs and is only used
in hospital in conjunction with specialised lung
function testing equipment
The gas mixture helps to check if your lungs are
working properly.

2. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE USE
This medicinal 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.

9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen Medical Gas Mixture Medicinal gas, compressed

Take special care when using this medicinal gas
mixture if:
• you have accidentally taken Paraquat (a type of
weed killer), advise your healthcare professional
before using the medical gas mixture, as there is
a possibility of toxic effects to the lungs.
Taking other medicines
If you have been taking or prescribed Bleomycin
(to treat cancer), Amiodarone (to treat an irregular
heartbeat) or Nitrofurantoin and similar antibiotics
(to treat infection), advise your healthcare
professional before using this medicinal gas
mixture, as there is a possibility of toxic effects to
the lungs
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
This medicinal gas mixture will not affect you or
your baby if used during pregnancy or whilst breast
feeding.

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When you are given this medicinal gas mixture it
will be supplied via a facemask or a mouthpiece
with a nose clip placed over your nose.
If you have any further questions on how this
product is used, ask your healthcare professional.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
There are no side effects with this medicinal gas
mixture when used for the short duration of your
lung function test.
Reporting of side effects
However, if you experience any side effects,
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.

Driving and using machines
You may drive and use machines after using
this medicinal gas mixture providing that your
healthcare professional considers that your are
both fit and capable.

5. HOW TO STORE

3. HOW TO USE 9% HELIUM/35% OXYGEN/
NITROGEN MEDICAL GAS MIXTURE

This medicinal gas mixture should be used in strict
rotation so that cylinders with the earliest expiry
date are used first.

Instructions for use
Your healthcare professional will ensure that this
medicinal gas mixture is suitable for your use and
that the equipment has been set up correctly so
that you receive the right amount of gas.

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Expiry date
This medicinal gas mixture should not be used after
the expiry date stated on the batch label on the
cylinder.

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.

9% Helium/35% Oxygen/Nitrogen Medical Gas Mixture Medicinal gas, compressed

The healthcare professional in the hospital or clinic
will be responsible for making sure the cylinders
are stored correctly.

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

DO NOT SMOKE or have a naked flame near your
cylinder. The oxygen within the mixture will
make a flame burn much more violently.

Shoulder of cylinder
viewed from above

NEVER use oil based moisturising creams with
your cylinder equipment.

Body of cylinder
viewed from the side

6. FURTHER INFORMATION

There are no other ingredients.
Medicinal gas mixture cylinders
This medicinal gas mixture is supplied in the
following size cylinders:
Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

AV

1310

L

6550

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All cylinders require separate pressure regulators to
be fitted to the cylinder valves 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

HLC/505550_9%HEL/UKS/0316

What this medicinal gas mixture contains
Your cylinder contains a compressed medical gas
mixture made up of 9% Helium, 35% Oxygen and
56% Nitrogen.

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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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