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Liposyn III

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/2/2009

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Liposyn III Overview & Usage

IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

FAT EMULSION - INJECTION

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Intralipid, Liposyn

WARNING: This product must be used cautiously in premature or low-birth-weight infants since it has caused very serious (possibly fatal) lung problems in these patients. The infant must be monitored closely while receiving this product. If this product is to be given to a premature or low-birth-weight infant, talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of using this product.

USES: This product is used to provide calories to patients who are getting their nutrition through an injection into the vein. Calories are needed to provide the body with energy so that the body can work properly. This product is also used to provide a certain nutrient (essential fatty acids) to people who do not have enough of it. This product helps to prevent or reverse the signs of this deficiency (e.g., scaly skin, poor growth, poor wound healing).

HOW TO USE: This product is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor. Before using, check this product visually for particles, oil, or discoloration. If any of these are present, do not use the liquid. Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Except for heparin, do not add any medication/minerals to the product container.

Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment.

Liposyn III Side Effects & Precautions
SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, dizziness, flushing, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, or sweating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), pain/swelling/redness at injection site, pain/swelling/redness of arms/legs, bluish skin, sudden weight gain, shortness of breath, back/chest pain.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes, bone pain, muscle weakness, yellowing skin/eyes, dark urine, easy bruising/bleeding, severe stomach/abdominal pain, trouble breathing.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the Liposyn III (intravenous fat emulsion) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.

Before receiving the fat emulsion, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to eggs, safflower oil, or soy/peanut found in some brands; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This product should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: high fat (lipid) levels in the blood.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: severe liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, anemia, blood clotting disorder.

Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication contains aluminum, which is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for bone pain and mental/mood changes while using this drug.

Kidney function is not fully developed in newborns and infants. This medication contains aluminum, which is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, newborns and infants may be at greater risk for bone pain and mental/mood changes while using this drug.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Liposyn III Missed Dose
SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, dizziness, flushing, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, or sweating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), pain/swelling/redness at injection site, pain/swelling/redness of arms/legs, bluish skin, sudden weight gain, shortness of breath, back/chest pain.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes, bone pain, muscle weakness, yellowing skin/eyes, dark urine, easy bruising/bleeding, severe stomach/abdominal pain, trouble breathing.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the Liposyn III (intravenous fat emulsion) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.

Before receiving the fat emulsion, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to eggs, safflower oil, or soy/peanut found in some brands; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This product should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: high fat (lipid) levels in the blood.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: severe liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, anemia, blood clotting disorder.

Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication contains aluminum, which is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for bone pain and mental/mood changes while using this drug.

Kidney function is not fully developed in newborns and infants. This medication contains aluminum, which is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, newborns and infants may be at greater risk for bone pain and mental/mood changes while using this drug.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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