What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.
Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.
The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 12762/0605.
Water for Injections BP
Package leaflet: Information for the user
Water For Injections
Solvent for injections
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Water for Injections is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you are given Water for Injections
3. How Water for Injections is given to you
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Water for Injections
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT WATER FOR INJECTIONS IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Water for Injections is a special type of water that has been carefully cleaned and purified so it does not contain any other ingredients. Water for Injections is called a diluent because its main use is for diluting and preparing medicines before use.
Water for Injections is used to dissolve and dilute other drugs that require mixing with water before they can be given as an injection or an infusion (a drip) into your veins, muscles or other tissues in the body.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARE GIVEN WATER FOR INJECTIONS
The contents of the vials should be examined before use to ensure that the liquid is clear, is not discoloured in any way and does not contain any particles. Ensure the glass container is undamaged.
Do not use Water for Injections
- As an injection or infusion on its own.
Water for Injections must not be injected or infused on its own. It must only be used to dissolve or dilute necessary drugs to be administered by your doctor or nurse.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or nurse before using Water for Injections.
- Water for Injections should not be administered alone because it may cause damage to red blood cells (haemolysis).
Other medicines and Water for Injections
Please tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any medicines in addition to the medicine that is going to be dissolved or diluted with Water for Injections.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking the medicine that is going to be dissolved or diluted with Water for Injections.
Driving and using machines
Ask your doctor for advice before taking the medicine that is going to be dissolved or diluted with Water for Injections.
3. HOW WATER FOR INJECTIONS IS GIVEN TO YOU
In the preparation of a medicine for use, the required volume of Water for Injections will vary, depending on the drug to which it is added. Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor or nurse will use the correct amount of Water for Injections to dissolve or dilute the medicine that you are receiving as an injection, or as an infusion (a drip) into your veins.
Your doctor will decide the dose of your medicine that you should receive and how long you will need to take it for. The dose will depend on the other medicine which is being dissolved or diluted with Water for Injections.
If you use more Water for Injections than you should
It is most unlikely that you will be given too much medicine by the doctor or nurse. Your doctor and nurse will be monitoring your progress and checking the medicine that you are given. The signs and symptoms of overdose will be related to those of the medicine which is being dissolved or diluted with Water for Injections. However, if you feel unwell afterwards or have any discomfort, tell your doctor or nurse.
If you forget to take Water for Injections
If you think that you have missed a dose or that you have been given too much of the medicinal product, contact your doctor. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If given on its own, intravenous injection of Water for Injections may cause damage to red blood cells (haemolysis).
Reporting of side effects:
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below).
The Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
IRL - Dublin 2
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE WATER FOR INJECTIONS
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after “EXP”. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use if the ampoule is damaged or if the contents are discoloured.
If only part used, discard the remaining solution.
For single use only.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Water for Injections contains
Water for Injections is a specially prepared form of distilled water. It is a clear colourless sterile liquid and does not contain any other ingredients.
What Water for Injections looks like and contents of the pack
Packs of 10, 20, 50 and 100 plastic ampoules containing 2ml, 5ml and 10ml of sterile liquid
Packs of 10, 20, 50 and 100 plastic ampoules containing 5ml and 10ml of sterile liquid.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd
85 King William Street
Product Licence Number:
85 King William Street
This leaflet was last revised in January 2019.