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Brand Names: Hyper-Sal, NebuSal, Sodium Chloride, Inhalation

Generic Name: sodium chloride (inhalation) (Pronunciation: SOE dee um KLOR ide)

What is sodium chloride inhalation (Hyper-Sal, NebuSal, Sodium Chloride, Inhalation)?

Sodium chloride is the chemical name for salt. Sodium chloride can reduce some types of bacteria in certain body secretions, such as saliva.

Sodium chloride inhalation is used to produce sputum (mucus, or phlegm) from the mouth to help improve lung function in people with cystic fibrosis, or to collect sputum for medical testing. This medication may also be used to dilute other medications inhaled through a nebulizer.

Sodium chloride inhalation may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of sodium chloride inhalation (Hyper-Sal, NebuSal, Sodium Chloride, Inhalation)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregiver right away if you have:

  • chest pain, trouble breathing;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • tiredness, muscle twitching;
  • confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased or decreased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling.

Other common side effects may include a salty taste or slight burning or irritation in your mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about sodium chloride inhalation (Hyper-Sal, NebuSal, Sodium Chloride, Inhalation)?

Before you use sodium chloride, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and allergies. Also make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. In some cases, you may not be able to use sodium chloride, or you may need to adjust your dose or take special precautions.

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially potassium supplements, diuretics, steroids, blood pressure medications, or medications that contain sodium (such as Alka-Seltzer or Zegrid).

Tell your caregiver right away if you have chest pain, trouble breathing, swelling in your hands or feet, tiredness, muscle twitching, confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased or decreased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling, or if you feel like you might pass out.



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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