What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Water for Injections BP. It does not contain all the available information that is known about Water for Injections BP. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
What Water for Injections BP is used for
Water for Injections BP is sterile water used to dilute or dissolve drugs.
Water for Injections BP can also be used for washing small wounds and during minor surgical procedures.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Before you are given Water for Injections BP
When you must not use it
Water for Injections BP will only be used if it is clear, colourless and free of particles, the package is undamaged and the use by (expiry) date marked on the pack has not been passed. It must not be injected unless it has been used to dissolve or dilute necessary drugs to be administered by your doctor or nurse.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.
If you have not told your doctor about any of these things, tell them before you are given any injection.
How Water for Injections BP is given
Water for Injections BP will be used to dissolve or dilute other drugs which may then be injected by your nurse or doctor.
Injections are usually given in your upper arm muscle (intramuscularly), under the skin (subcutaneously) or directly into a vein (intravenously) by a doctor or trained nurse.
Water for Injections BP is also used to clean away dirt and blood from small wounds or cuts.
Your doctor or pharmacist will store Water for Injections BP under the recommended conditions. It should be kept in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will safely dispose of any Water for Injections BP that is not used.
What it looks like
Water for Injections BP is a clear, colourless, particle-free, sterile solution. Water for Injections BP comes in 5 mL, 10 mL or 20 mL ampoules. They can be identified by the AUST R numbers;
5 mL ampoule AUST R 198332
10 mL ampoule AUST R 198330
20 mL ampoule AUST R 198331
Water for Injections contains sterile water for injections. It contains no other substances or antimicrobial agents.
Fresenius Kabi Australia Pty Limited
Level 2, 2 Woodland Way
Mount Kuring-gai NSW 2080
Telephone: (02) 9391 5555
Fresenius Kabi New Zealand Limited
60 Pavilion Drive
Airport Oaks, Auckland 2022
Freecall: 0800 144 892
This leaflet was prepared in Mar 2016.
Published by MIMS February 2017