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Amino Acid Infusion
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This solution is used to provide nutrition to patients who are unable to eat in the usual way due to illness or surgery. Amino acids are used by the body as a source of protein and nitrogen. Protein in your diet is important for keeping a healthy body weight, preventing muscle loss, keeping your cells working well, helping with tissue growth and repair, and providing energy. Amino acids are usually given into a vein as part of a solution that also contains other nutritional ingredients such as dextrose (a form of sugar to provide calories and energy), vitamins, minerals, and sometimes fat emulsion.

 
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Amino Acid Infusion

Uses
This solution is used to provide nutrition to patients who are unable to eat in the usual way due to illness or surgery. Amino acids are used by the body as a source of protein and nitrogen. Protein in your diet is important for keeping a healthy body weight, preventing muscle loss, keeping your cells working well, helping with tissue growth and repair, and providing energy. Amino acids are usually given into a vein as part of a solution that also contains other nutritional ingredients such as dextrose (a form of sugar to provide calories and energy), vitamins, minerals, and sometimes fat emulsion.
Notes
  • Do not share this product with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., body weight, kidney and liver function tests, blood mineral levels) should be performed periodically to monitor your nutritional status or check for side effects.
  • The ingredients in your solution may be adjusted based on these test results.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store mixed amino acid solutions in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C).
  • Do not use the solution if it is after the expiration date on the label.
  • Consult your pharmacist if you have questions.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • This product is given by injection through a vein after being mixed in a solution for you by a special pharmacy.
  • Treatment is usually started in a hospital.
  • If you need to continue treatment at home, learn all usage instructions.
  • Your health care professional will teach you how to properly give this product and how to use the pump.
  • If you have any questions, consult your health care professional.Before using this solution, remove it from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
  • Depending on what ingredients are in your solution, it may appear either clear or milky white.
  • If your solution is normally clear, check it visually for particles or discoloration, and if either is present, do not use the solution.
  • Give this solution over the time prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not give it faster than directed without consulting your doctor first.
  • How fast you give this product, as well as the type and amount of amino acids and other ingredients in it, are based on your medical condition and response to treatment.Use this product regularly to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.

Side Effects
  • Nausea and flushing of the skin 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/irritation at the injection site (e.g., fever, chills, redness, swelling, pain, warmth), sudden weight gain, swelling ankles/feet, unusual change in the amount of urine, unusual thirst.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: weakness, rapid breathing, yellowing eyes/skin, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion), bone pain.A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to sulfites (found in some brands); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, problems digesting or metabolizing protein, conditions that limit the amount of fluids you may take (e.g., heart failure, lung disease, edema).This product contains aluminum, which may build up in the body with prolonged use and may have harmful effects in certain patients (e.g., patients with kidney problems, including premature newborns and the elderly).
  • Consult your doctor for more details.Caution is advised when using this product in children (especially infants) because they may be more sensitive its side effects (e.g., high blood levels of ammonia-hyperammonemia).
  • Avoid prolonged use in premature infants.During pregnancy, this product should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this product passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: tetracycline.

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