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Active substance(s): SUCCINYLATED GELATIN

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Patient Information Leaflet


4% w/v Solution for Infusion
(succinylated gelatin)

Read all of this leaflet carefully
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or
In this leaflet:
1. What is Volplex and what does it do?
2. Before being given Volplex
3. How much Volplex to use and for how long
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing Volplex
6. Further Information
1. What is Volplex and what does it do?
Volplex is a temporary plasma substitute solution containing
succinylated gelatin 4% w/v (Plasma is the fluid component of
blood in which the red cells and white cells are carried).
Volplex is administered directly into a vein via a drip tube
(intravenous infusion).
You will be given Volplex if you have lost blood or body fluids
because of bleeding, injury, surgery, burns or infection. It
takes time for your body to replace the blood or body fluids
that you have lost. Volplex can help maintain the volume of
fluid in your blood vessels during that time. Volplex is not
intended to provide nutrition nor replace blood components
such as red cells which carry oxygen or white cells which fight
infection; Volplex can only replace lost fluid volume.
Volplex can be used for the treatment of initial blood loss
during pregnancy.
2. Before being given Volplex
Do not allow Volplex to be given to you if you know that
you are allergic (hypersensitive) to succinylated gelatin.
If you are suffering or have suffered from the following
conditions, please tell your doctor or nurse before being given
• Heart failure
• Kidney (renal) failure
Please inform your doctor or nurse if you are taking, or
have recently taken, any other medicine, including those
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Please ask your doctor or nurse for advice if you are
pregnant or breastfeeding.
3. How much Volplex to use and for how long?
You will be given Volplex via a drip tube inserted into a vein.
It is unlikely that you will ever have to use Volplex yourself;
infusion fluids are mainly intended to be given by your doctor
or nurse.
Your doctor or nurse will work out how often you should have
Volplex, and how much Volplex should be used. The amount
given will depend upon your individual needs. You might also
be given other infusion fluids or products made from blood, or
a blood transfusion.
For infusion the usual dose rates are:
For Adults: 500 – 1500 ml/hour
For Children: 150 – 1500 ml/hour
For Elderly: As Adults

Each container of Volplex is designed to last only a few hours
at a time; most of the succinylated gelatin is passed out of the
body in less than 12 hours. For this reason, you may be given
more Volplex when your doctor or nurse thinks this is
necessary. In time, your body will make up the blood or body
fluids that you have lost.
4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines Volplex can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Rarely, (between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 10,000 people), patients
may experience an allergic like reaction. Tell your doctor
or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following:
• Swelling of your face, mouth or throat
• Changes in your breathing, e.g fast breathing, difficulty
breathing out, wheezing
• Changes in the way your heart beats, e.g. fast beating
• Changes in your blood pressure, e.g. feeling dizzy or faint,
• Changes in your body temperatures e.g. chills, fever,
• Abnormal feelings in your skin, including itching, rash,
swelling or any other changes to your skin
• Shaking of your arms and/or legs
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. Storing Volplex
• Volplex should not be used if:
• the container shows any sign of leakage
• the solution is cloudy
• the solution is NOT a clear pale yellow or straw colour
• particles are visible within the container
• the date of use is after the last day of the month of the
expiry date, which is stated on the infusion bag in the
format MM/YYYY
Please inform your doctor or nurse immediately if you
believe that any of the above situations have occurred.
6. Further Information
The active substance in Volplex is succinylated gelatin (4.0%
w/v). 500ml and 1000ml bags of Volplex contain 20g and 40g
of succinylated gelatin respectively. The other ingredients are
sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid, and
water for injections.
Volplex is a clear pale yellow or straw coloured solution for
infusion which is supplied in 500ml and 1000ml flexible plastic
containers (infusion bags).
The Marketing Authorisation Holder for Volplex is Beacon
Pharmaceuticals Limited, DCC Vital, Westminster Industrial
Estate, Repton Road, Measham, DE12 7DT, England.
The manufacturer of Volplex is Serumwerk Bernburg
AG, Hallesche Landstrasse 105b, Bernburg, 06406,
This leaflet was last revised in January 2017
VOLPLEX is a Registered Trademark
of Beacon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

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