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What should I know about dextrose injection 5% before receiving it?

Before using dextrose injection 5%, tell your doctor about any allergic reactions you've had to this medicine, other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives or animals. Tell your doctor your complete medical history and all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements you are taking.

Some medical conditions can affect your use of dextrose injection 5% -- particularly diabetes, low levels of potassium, high blood sugar, peripheral edema and pulmonary edema. Dextrose 5% is a prescription solution only administered by injection at a hospital or clinic. The proper dosage depends on your age, weight and medical condition.

Pregnant women may not be able to receive dextrose injection 5%. People taking this solution are at increased risk for overhydration or imbalanced electrolyte levels, which may cause health complications.

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