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Who should use water for injection?

Sterile water for injection is used to prepare intravenous (IV) medications that treat a variety of diseases and replace lost fluids in the body. Before water can be used in the preparation of IV medications, it must be specially purified to meet the standards approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Water for injection is made only by reverse osmosis or distillation. Because of this regulation, water for injection is the only type of water approved for mixing IV injected solutions. The amount of water and medicine in the IV solution and its dosage are determined by the specific age and weight of the person receiving it, as well as the condition it is being used to treat. Your doctor and pharmacist will determine the amount which is appropriate based on your medication condition(s).

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