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Vetivex 18 (Sodium Chloride 0.18% w/v and Glucose 4% w/v Intravenous Infusion BP (Vet))


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Vetivex® 18 (Sodium Chloride 0.18% w/v and Glucose 4% w/v Intravenous Infusion BP (Vet)).

Target species:
Cattle, calves, horses, dogs and cats.

Indications for use:
This product is administered by intravenous infusion for maintenance therapy of dehydration in cattle, calves, horses, dogs and cats. It should be used once the underlying fluid balance has been restored.

Special precautions for use in animals:
Sodium overload may occur in animals with cardiac or renal impairment. It should be noted that sodium excretion may be impaired post-surgery/trauma.

Administration of this product to diabetic animals must be conducted with extreme caution.

The solution should be warmed to approximately 37°C prior to the administration of large volumes, or if the administration rate is high, in order to avoid hypothermia.

This product should not be used for prolonged periods of time unless there is continuing excessive loss of electrolytes, as it may provoke hyperkalaemia.

Adverse reactions:
There is a risk of thrombosis with intravenous infusion.

Excessive infusion rates can cause restlessness, moist lung sounds, tachycardia, tachypnoea, nasal discharge, coughing, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The product should not be administered at rates in excess of 12 ml/kg/hour, otherwise it is liable to cause glycosuria and osmotic diuresis.

Use during pregnancy and lactation:
Use under veterinary supervision.

Amounts to be administered and administration route:
The solution should ideally be warmed to approximately 37°C prior to administration.

The volume and rate of infusion will depend upon the clinical condition, existing deficits of the animal, maintenance needs and continuing losses.

Generally, recommended dose for maintenance therapy: 50 ml per kg body weight per day.

The infusion rate should be decreased in the presence of cardiac and pulmonary disease.

The maximum recommended infusion rate is 12 ml/kg/hour.

Monitor fluid output and blood glucose. The administration of a diuretic may be necessary.

Withdrawal periods:
Zero days.

Pharmacodynamic properties:
The solution is used as a source of water, glucose and electrolytes for animals that cannot be given fluids orally.

Pharmacokinetic properties:
Intravenous infusion ensures rapid distribution. The constituents of the infusion solution will be metabolised and excreted through the same pathways as those substances derived from normal dietary sources.

Pharmaceutical particulars:
Major incompatibilities:
Check compatibility of additives prior to administration.

Shelf life:
Do not use unless the solution is clear, free from visible particles, and the container is undamaged.

100 ml: 18 months.
250 ml, 500 ml, 1000 ml, 2000 ml, 3000 ml and 5000 ml: 2 years.

After opening:
The product does not contain an antimicrobial preservative. It is intended for single use only and any unused contents should be discarded.

Special precautions for storage:
Do not store above 25°C. Do not freeze.

Immediate packaging:
Presented in clear polyvinylchloride (PVC) infusion bags, over-wrapped with polypropylene, in cartons of 50 x 100 ml, 20 x 250 ml, 20 x 500 ml, 10 x 1000 ml, 4 x 2000 ml, 4 x 3000 ml and 2 x 5000 ml.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Each carton contains a sufficient number of package leaflets so that individual units may be supplied.

Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with national requirements.

Shipping charges mainland GB zone1

Value Weight Delivery Charge
Over £49.00 Any Weight FREE
Under £49.00 No weight limit £4.50
Under £49.00 Under 250 grams £3.49

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