Health TipsTreating Shock
HEXTEND® treats or prevents shock following surgery, by increasing the volume of blood plasma. Hextend® is not a substitute for blood, but is for emergency situations when whole blood or blood products are not available. Generic Hextend® injection is not available.
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
bleeding disorder or blood disease
disease of the brain
electrolyte imbalance (such as a high potassium level in the blood)
having intramuscular injections
heart, liver, or kidney disease
fluid on the lungs
other chronic illness
an unusual or allergic reaction to corn, hetastarch, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Hextend® is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic.
This does not apply.
heart medicines such as digoxin
certain hormones (steroids) such as cortisone or prednisone
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
Your condition will be closely monitored while you receive Hextend®.
Side effects from hetastarch; dextrose; electolytes injection include:
Rare or uncommon:
difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hands, or feet
tightness in the chest, cough, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
unusual rash, bleeding or bruising, or pinpoint red spots on the skin
confusion, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting spells
fast or uneven heart beat, palpitations, or chest pain
blood disorder or anemia
joint or muscle pains
pain and burning at the injection site
skin rash or redness, itching (hives)
unusual swelling of the body, not passing urine or difficulty passing urine
Hextend® is given only by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.