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Calcium chloride/magnesium chloride/potassium chloride/sodium chloride (Irrigation)

Calcium Chloride (KAL-see-um KLOR-ide), Magnesium Chloride (mag-NEE-zee-um KLOR-ide), Potassium Chloride (poe-TAS-ee-um KLOR-ide), Sodium Chloride (SOE-dee-um KLOR-ide)

Temporarily stops the beating of the heart during open heart surgery. This medicine is used together with sodium bicarbonate.

Brand Name(s):

Plegisol

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to any medicines in the past.

How to Use This Medicine:

Liquid

  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain.
  • Irregular heartbeat.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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