Common Brand Name(s): Intralipid
Important: How To Use This Information
This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
This product must be used cautiously in premature or low-birth-weight infants since it has caused very serious (possibly fatal) lung problems in these patients. The infant must be monitored closely while receiving this product. If this product is to be given to a premature or low-birth-weight infant, talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of using this product.
This product is used to provide calories to patients who are getting their nutrition through an injection into the vein. Calories are needed to provide the body with energy so that the body can work properly. This product is also used to provide a certain nutrient (essential fatty acids) to people who do not have enough of it. This product helps to prevent or reverse the signs of this deficiency (e.g., scaly skin, poor growth, poor wound healing).
How To Use
This product is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor. Before using, check this product visually for particles, oil, or discoloration. If any of these are present, do not use the liquid. Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Except for heparin, do not add any medication/minerals to the product container.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment.
Headache, dizziness, flushing, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, or sweating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
- signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)
- pain/swelling/redness at injection site
- pain/swelling/redness of arms/legs
- bluish skin
- sudden weight gain
- shortness of breath
- back/chest pain
Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:
- mental/mood changes
- bone pain
- muscle weakness
- yellowing skin/eyes
- dark urine
- easy bruising/bleeding
- severe stomach/abdominal pain
- trouble breathing
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
- itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
- severe dizziness
- trouble breathing
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
See also Warning section.
Before receiving the fat emulsion, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to eggs, safflower oil, or soy/peanut found in some brands; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This product should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:
- high fat (lipid) levels in the blood
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
- severe liver disease
- kidney disease
- lung disease
- blood clotting disorder
Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication contains aluminum, which is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for bone pain and mental/mood changes while using this drug.
Kidney function is not fully developed in newborns and infants. This medication contains aluminum, which is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, newborns and infants may be at greater risk for bone pain and mental/mood changes while using this drug.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.
Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., platelet count, liver function, lipid panel) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store the unopened container at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light. The mixed product may be stored in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C) for up to 24 hours. Finish giving the mixed product within 24 hours after removal from the refrigerator. Protect this product from freezing. Discard partially used containers. Do not save for later use. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised June 2018.
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Conditions of use: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information in not intend to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects nor should it be construed in indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.