What should I know about mannitol IV before getting it?

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If you have a history of congestion or swelling in your lungs, bleeding in your brain, dehydration, or long-term kidney disease (including complete kidney failure and inability to urinate), you should not be getting mannitol IV. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised not to receive mannitol. It could be harmful to an unborn baby, and it is not known if it passes into breast milk. You will most likely need to have repeated blood tests and test to monitor your heart while you are using mannitol IV. Excessive loss of fluids could lead to serious conditions. Be sure to keep your testing appointments so your doctor has the most recent information to continue your treatment.