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What should I discuss with my health care provider before I receive hetastarch (Hespan, Hextend)?
You should not be given this medication if you are allergic to hetastarch, or have certain conditions. Be sure your doctor knows if you have:
Before you receive hetastarch, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely receive hetastarch.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether hetastarch passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is hetastarch given (Hespan, Hextend)?
Hetastarch is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. A doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional will give you this medication.
To be sure hetastarch is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with hetastarch.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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