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Sodium Chloride

Sodium Chloride

What is sodium chloride?

  • Sodium chloride (NaCl), also known as salt, is an essential compound our body uses to:
  • absorb and transport nutrients
  • maintain blood pressure
  • maintain the right balance of fluid
  • transmit nerve signals
  • contract and relax muscles

Salt is an inorganic compound, meaning it doesn’t come from living matter. It’s made when Na (sodium) and Cl (chloride) come together to form white, crystalline cubes.

Your body needs salt to function, but too little or too much salt can be harmful to your health.

While salt is frequently used for cooking, it can also be found as an ingredient in foods or cleansing solutions. In medical cases, your doctor or nurse will typically introduce sodium chloride as an injection. Read on to see why and how salt plays an important role in your body.

How can you use sodium chloride?

The most common use for salt is in food. Its uses include:

  • food seasoning
  • acting as a natural preservative
  • enhancing the natural colors of foods
  • curing, or preserving, meats
  • creating a brine for marinating foods

Side effects

As with any medicine, some side effects may occur.

Some swelling of the hands, ankles and feet may be experienced due to retention of water in your body. In rare circumstances, this may also involve the lungs, which may cause some breathing difficulty. Other symptoms may include:

  • allergic reactions
  • itching
  • rashes
  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • dizziness

How should I take sodium chloride?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take sodium chloride with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

Sodium chloride may be taken with or without food.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

How to store Sodium Chloride IV Infusion

Sodium Chloride IV Infusion should be stored below 30°C.

Do not freeze.

Do not expose to the heat. Keep out of reach of children.

If for any reason you need to keep this product at home it should be stored in a locked cupboard