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WATER FOR INJECTIONS BP

Active substance(s): WATER FOR INJECTION / WATER FOR INJECTIONS

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Package leaflet: Information for the user

Water for Injection
Solvent for injection
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using 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 pharmacist.

This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, or pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Water for Injection is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you are given Water for Injection
3. How Water for Injection is given to you
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Water for Injection
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT WATER FOR INJECTION IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Water for Injections is a special type of water that has been carefully cleaned and purified so
it does not contain any other ingredients.Water for Injections is called a diluent because its
main use is for diluting and preparing medicines before use.
Water for Injections is used to dissolve and dilute other drugs that require mixing with water
before they can be given as an injection or an infusion (a drip) into your veins, muscles or
other tissues in the body.
Water for Injection is sterile (clean) water and is presented in either 5ml or 10ml
polyethylene ampoules (Mini- Plasco®), in packs of 10 or 100 ampoules.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. You must talk to a doctor if you
do not feel better or if you feel worse.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARE GIVEN WATER FOR
INJECTION
The contents of the vials should be examined before use to ensure that the liquid is clear,
is not discoloured in any way and does not contain any particles. Ensure the glass container
is undamaged.
Do not use Water for Injections
– As an injection or infusion on its own.
Water for Injections must not be injected or infused on its own. It must only be
used to dissolve or dilute necessary drugs to be administered by your doctor or nurse.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or nurse before using Water for Injections.
– Water for Injections should not be administered alone because it may cause damage to red
blood cells (haemolysis).

Other medicines and Water for Injections
Please tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any medicines
in addition to the medicine that is going to be dissolved or diluted with Water for Injections.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a
baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking the medicine that is going to be dissolved or
diluted with Water for Injections.
Driving and using machines
Ask your doctor for advice before taking the medicine that is going to be dissolved or diluted
with Water for Injections.
3. HOW WATER FOR INJECTION IS GIVEN TO YOU
In the preparation of a medicine for use, the required volume of Water for Injections will
vary, depending on the drug to which it is added. Always use this medicine exactly as your
doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor or nurse will use the correct amount of Water for Injections to dissolve or dilute
the medicine that you are receiving as an injection, or as an infusion (a drip) into your veins.
Your doctor will decide the dose of your medicine that you should receive and how long you
will need to take it for. The dose will depend on the other medicine which is being dissolved
or diluted with Water for Injections.
If you use more Water for Injections than you should
It is most unlikely that you will be given too much medicine by the doctor or nurse. Your
doctor and nurse will be monitoring your progress and checking the medicine that you are
given. The signs and symptoms of overdose will be related to those of the medicine which
is being dissolved or diluted with Water for Injections. However, if you feel unwell
afterwards or have any discomfort, tell your doctor or nurse.
If you forget to take Water for Injections
If you think that you have missed a dose or that you have been given too much of the
medicinal product, contact your doctor. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten dose.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If given on its own, intravenous injection of Water for Injections may cause damage to red
blood cells (haemolysis).
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
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Water for Injections
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 30°C.
DO NOT FREEZE.
Do not use Water for Injections if the bottle is damaged or if the contents are
discoloured or contain particles.
Do not use Water for Injections after the expiry date given on the carton and label.
The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the
environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Water for Injections contains
Water for Injections contains highly purified and sterile water.
What Water for Injections looks like and contents of the pack
Water for Injection BP is sterile (clean) water and is presented in either 5ml
or 10ml polyethylene ampoules (Mini-Plasco®), in packs of 10 or 100 ampoules. (Not all
pack sizes may be marketed)
Marketing authorization holder
Mercury Pharma International Ltd., 4045, Kingswood Road, City West Business Park, Co
Dublin, Ireland.
Marketing Authorisation Number
PL No. : 02848/0228
Manufacturer
The company responsible for manufacture is Aguettant, Parc Scientifique Tony GarnierRhõne, 1 rue Alexander Fleming, BP1744, 69353 Lyon Cedex 07, France.
Mercury Pharmaceuticals (Ireland) Ltd
Mercury Pharma International Ltd
4045, Kingswood Road, City West Business Park, Co Dublin, Ireland
This leaflet was last revised in August 2015.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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