sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium lactate and calcium (Lactated Ringer's Solution) (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Lactated Ringer's is used for balancing fluid and electrolytes and as an alkalizing agent.

DOSING: Adult dosing of Lactated Ringer's solution is as directed by the physician. Dosing is individualized based on the patient's age, weight, ongoing treatment, and clinical condition.

Safe and effective use of Lactated Ringer's solution in children is based on clinical practice.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Lactated Ringer's solution should not be mixed with ceftriaxone (Rocephin) due to the significant risk of ceftriaxone and calcium precipitation.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on Lactated Ringer's solution to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: Use by women who are breastfeeding mothers has not been adequately evaluated.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of Lactated Ringer's solution are chest pain, abnormal heart rate, decreased blood pressure, troubled breathing, cough, sneezing, rash, itching, and headache. Infection at the site of injection, venous thrombosis or phlebitis at the site of injection, extravasation, and increased fluid volume (hypervolemia) may also occur.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Last Editorial Review: 6/26/2014

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