Generic Name: Polygelin Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is polygelin used for?

Polygelin is a plasma volume expander, which is used with electrolytes in the management of hypovolemic shock.

How should I take polygelin?

Polygelin is an infusion solution, which is normally taken by your doctor.

How do I store polygelin?

Polygelin is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store polygelin in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of polygelin that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush polygelin down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using polygelin?

Consult with your doctor if:

  • You are allergic to any ingredient in polygelin, or allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.
  • You are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.

For physiological reasons, polygelin should not be infused in the cold state, like all infusion solutions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using polygelin during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking polygelin.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from polygelin?                

During or after infusion of volume-expanding solutions, some side effects may occur:

  • Transient skin reactions (wheals, urticaria)
  • Tachycardia
  • Bradycardia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dyspnoea
  • Hypotension
  • Rise in temperatures
  • Shivering
  • Shock

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with polygelin?

Polygelin may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with polygelin?

Polygelin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with polygelin?

Polygelin may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using polygelin.

What is the dose of polygelin for an adult?

Dosage and infusion rate are adjusted to the individual situation and are determined among other factors by the usual circulatory parameters (e.g. blood pressure).

What is the dose of polygelin for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is polygelin available?

Polygelin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Bottles of 500 ml and 1000 ml of 3.5% colloidal fluids to replace the plasma

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of polygelin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

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Review Date: February 18, 2017 | Last Modified: February 18, 2017

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