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What should I know about before using Extraneal?

Extraneal should only be used under the direct care of a medical professional trained in peritoneal dialysis. If you are diabetic or have other medical reasons to monitor your blood sugar level, it is critical to use only glucose-specific testing methods while using Extraneal. Avoid alternate methods of blood sugar testing, including glucose dehydrogenase pyrroloquinoline-quinone (GDH-PQQ) or glucose-dye-oxidoreductase (GDO)-based methods while using Extraneal. It contains maltose, which can produce false glucose readings which can lead to unrecognized hypoglycemia, a serious condition which if untreated can lead to coma, nerve damage and death. If you are hospitalized for any reason while using or having used Extraneal within 14 days, be sure to talk to your doctor about the need to monitor your blood sugar with glucose-specific methods only.

Extraneal should not be used if you have allergies or intolerance to icodextrin, cornstarch, maltose or isomaltose, or if you have either severe lactic acidosis or glycogen storage disease. Be sure to tell your doctor about your medical conditions, including abdominal surgeries, infections, wounds, tumors and hernias, blood chemistry, heart health, lung health or appetite and food sensitivities. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or nursing. Provide your doctor with a complete list of medications, including any blood pressure medication, digoxin or insulin that you take, as dosages may need to be adjusted while using Extraneal. The most common side effect of Extraneal use is skin rash. There are other, more serious side effects, including infection of the peritoneum. Any symptoms of fever, abdominal pain, redness or cloudy drained fluid should be reported immediately to your doctor.

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