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What should I know about Bacteriostatic NaCl before using it?

The benzyl alcohol, which is the preservative in Bacteriostatic NaCl, has been found to be toxic in newborns. A preservative-free injection should be used for newborns and also for flushing intravascular catheters. Prior to administration of the diluted or dissolved drug, look for clarity, discoloration or any unexpected precipitation in the vial. This is considered a Category C drug, so it is not known if it can harm a fetus or affect a woman's reproductive capacity. Also, make certain that if water is used it is only preservative-free, sterile water. Make certain that the drug is mixed thoroughly and completely before administering.

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