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What should I know about intravenous fat emulsions before receiving them?

Before receiving an intravenous fat emulsion, such as Liposyn III, talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you may have. People with certain medical conditions may need dosage adjustments or special monitoring during treatment. These conditions include: lung disease, severe liver disease, kidney disease, anemia, blood clotting disorders, digestive disorders and allergies to eggs, soybeans and aluminum.

If your child is receiving an intravenous fat emulsion, discuss the benefits and risks of this treatment with your child's doctor. Intravenous fat emulsions can be dangerous for premature babies, babies with low birth weight and babies with jaundice.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should only receive intravenous fat emulsions if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the fetus or baby. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss the benefits and risks of intravenous fat emulsions with your doctor before being treated.

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