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Brand name: Sodium Bicarbonate (Pfizer) TM

Active ingredients: bicarbonate

What it is used for

1. Metabolic acidosis in severe renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, circulatory insufficiency due to shock or severe dehydration, extracorporeal circulation of blood, cardiac arrest and severe primary lactic acidosis where a rapid increase in plasma total CO2 content is crucial. Treatment of metabolic acidosis should be concurrent with measures designed to control the cause of the acidosis. 2.Urinary alkalinisation in the treatment of certain drug intoxications (ie barbiturates, salicylates, lithium, methyl alcohol) and in the haemolytic reactions requiring alkalinisation of the urine to diminish nephrotoxicity of blood pigments. Urinary alkalinisation is also used in methotrexate therapy to prevent nephrotoxicity. 3.Severe diarrhoea which is often accompanied by a significant loss of bicarbonate.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear, colourless solution, free from visible impurities

Do I need a prescription?

We are unable to tell you if you need a prescription for this medicine. You can ask your pharmacist.This medicine is Not Scheduled.

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Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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