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SODIUM BICARBONATE INJECTION BP MINIJET 8.4%W/V

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Patient Information Leaflet: Sodium Bicarbonate Injection BP Minijet, 4.2 % w/v & 8.4 % w/v
Solution for Injection Sodium Bicarbonate

STB-144081-01

Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
BP Minijet,
4.2 % w/v & 8.4 % w/v
Solution for Injection
Sodium Bicarbonate
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully
before you are given this
medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need
to read it again
• If you have any further
questions, ask your doctor or
nurse
• This medicine has been
prescribed for you. Do not pass
it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms
are the same as yours
• In this leaflet, Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection BP
Minijet, Solution for Injection will
be called Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection.
In this leaflet:
1. What Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection is for
2. Before you are given Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection
3. How Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection will be given to you
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection
6. Further information.

1. What Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection is for
Sodium bicarbonate is a
simple chemical which is used
in medicine when your blood
contains too much acid.
Sodium bicarbonate is used to
reduce the amount of acid in
the body after a heart attack in
patients who have the following
conditions: too much acid in their
body or too much potassium in
their blood. It can also be used
to treat patients who have taken
too much tricyclic antidepressant
medicine. Sodium Bicarbonate
will only be used after other
resuscitation methods have been
attempted.
2. Before you are given Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection
Do not use Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection if:
• You are allergic to sodium
bicarbonate
• You have kidney failure
• You have heart failure
• You have high blood pressure
• You have low blood calcium,
potassium or chloride
• You have high blood sodium
or pH
• You have had kidney stones
• You suffer from fluid retention
• You suffer from breathing
problems (hypoventilation)
If any of these applies to you talk
to your doctor or nurse.

Tell your doctor if you are taking
any of the following medicines:
• Corticosteroids or
Corticotrophin
• Medicines of an acidic nature
(e.g. tetracycline, doxycycline or
methenamine)
• Heart tablets (e.g. quinidine,
flecainide)
• Stimulants (e.g. amphetamines)
• Decongestants (e.g. ephedrine
or pseudoephedrine)
• Water tablets (e.g. bumetamide,
ethacrynic acid, frusemide or
thiazides)
• Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic acid)
• Medicines used to treat
diabetes mellitus (e.g.
chlorpropamide)
• Medicines used to treat mood
disorders (e.g. lithium)
• Medicines used to treat
high blood pressure (e.g
mecamylamine)
• Medicines used to treat
Alzheimers disease (e.g.
memantine)
• Potassium supplements
• Any other medicine, including
medicines obtained without a
prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are
pregnant, trying to become
pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
will only be given to you if your
doctor considers the benefit of
treatment outweighs the risk to the
developing or new born baby.

Important information about one
of the ingredients
The 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection contains 22.9 mg of
sodium per ml. The 4.2% Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection contains
11.5 mg of sodium per ml. To
be taken into consideration by
patients on a controlled sodium
diet.
3. How Sodium Bicarbonate
Injection will be given to you
Important:
Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
will be given to you by a doctor
or nurse. Your doctor will
choose the dose that is right
for you
• Sodium Bicarbonate is injected
into a vein.
• How much you are given
depends on how much you
need to counteract the acid
build-up in your blood.
Adults and the elderly
• The usual starting dose is
1mmol for every kg you weigh
• Followed by 0.5 mmol/kg given
at 10minute intervals
Children
• The usual dose is 1 mmol for
every kg you weigh given by
slow IV injection.

CATALENT
Item Code:

Proof number:

STB-144081-01

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Product Description: ....... SODIUM BIC 8,4% 10 ML UK

Languages: ......................................................
Dimensions (mm): ........................................ 210x148

Folded (mm):........................................ 35x74
Text size (body text):............................................8 pt

Created:........................ INDESIGN CS6

Pharmacode:..................................................

Visual code:..................................................

PG number:............................... 321925 000

Date:............................. 05 sept 2013

Contact:.......................William Rombaut
Colours used:

Black

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If you think you have been given
more Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
than you should
As this medicine will be given to you
by a doctor or nurse, it is unlikely
that you will be given too little or
too much. However, if you think you
have been given too much of this
medicine, please tell your doctor.
Signs of too much sodium
bicarbonate include hyperventilation
(over breathing), very sensitive to
slight stimuli, twitching and high
potassium levels in your blood which
may cause you to feel dizzy or tired.
If you have any further questions
about the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor or nurse.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets
them.
Side effects include:
• Low levels of potassium causing
twitching, muscle weakness, ‘pins
and needles’ in the hands or feet,
irritability or abnormal heart rhythm
• Low levels of blood sugar causing
feeling hungry, thirsty, nervous,
confused, extreme irritation,
increased urination, shakiness or
sweating
• Involuntary contraction of your
muscles.
• Swelling due to a build-up of fluid
under the skin
• New born babies may have
bleeding inside the skull

• Sodium bicarbonate may leak out
of the veins into the surrounding
tissue. This may cause pain,
redness or irritation to the skin
• If the medicine is not correctly
injected it could cause the skin to
die around the injection site.
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.
Also you can help to make sure that
medicines remain as safe as possible
by reporting any unwanted side
effects via the internet at
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
Alternatively you can call Freephone
0808 100 3352 (available from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays) or
fill in a paper form available from your
local pharmacy.
5. How to store Sodium
Bicarbonate Injection
Keep out of the reach and sight of
children.
Do not use this medicine after the
expiry date on the carton and syringe
label. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Store below 25°C. Do not refrigerate.
For single use only. The product
should be used immediately after
opening. Discard any unused portion.
Your doctor or nurse will make sure
your medicine is correctly stored and
disposed of.

6. Further information
What Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
contains
The active substance is sodium
bicarbonate.
There are two strengths of sodium
bicarbonate:
• The 4.2% strength contains 42 mg
in each ml of solution.
• The 8.4% strength contains 84 mg
in each ml of solution.
The only other ingredient is: ‘water for
injections’.
What Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
looks like
Sodium Bicarbonate Injection is a
clear and colourless sterile solution. It
comes in various different pack sizes
as follows:
8.4% strength in a 10 ml clear glass
syringe with a luer lock connector
8.4% strength in a 50 ml clear glass
vial with a separate injector.
4.2% strength in a 10 ml clear glass
vial with a separate injector.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder
International Medication Systems
(UK) Limited, 208 Bath Road, Slough,
Berkshire, SL1 3WE, UK.
Manufacturer
UCB Pharma Limited, 208 Bath
Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3WE,
UK.
This leaflet was last updated August
2013

If this leaflet is difficult
to see or read or you
would like it in a different
format, please contact:
International Medication
Systems (UK) Limited,
208 Bath Road, Slough,
Berkshire, SL1 3WE, UK.

CATALENT
Item Code:

Proof number:

STB-144081-01

04

Product Description: ....... SODIUM BIC 8,4% 10 ML UK

Languages: ......................................................
Dimensions (mm): ........................................ 210x148

Folded (mm):........................................ 35x74
Text size (body text):............................................8 pt

Created:........................ INDESIGN CS6

Pharmacode:..................................................

Visual code:..................................................

PG number:............................... 321925 000

Date:............................. 05 sept 2013

Contact:.......................William Rombaut
Colours used:

MU_v2

Black

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PMSxxx PMSxxx PMSxxx PMSxxx

Approved by
Signature

Approval Date

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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