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Normal saline is used as a maintenance therapy in children with hyponatremic (low sodium levels) hypokalemic (low potassium levels) dehydration due to severe diarrhea etc. It is also used for adults whose oral intake of water and electrolytes is insufficient due to various conditions. It is an electrolyte infusion solution for infants, children and adults. 

Some of its side effects include cerebral (brain), pulmonary (lungs) and peripheral (lower hands and legs) edema (swelling due to fluid retention), congestive heart failure (a condition characterized with inefficient pumping of heart due to accumulation of fluids in it), acidosis (increased acidity in blood) and electrolyte imbalance (abnormality in concentration of electrolytes in your body) may occur with large volume and/or rapid infusion.

This medication has no known contraindications therefore seek advice from your healthcare provider for further advice.

  1. What does normal saline contain?

Normal Saline contains 0.9% sodium chloride solution. It is an isotonic solution containing Na+, Cl, and water.


  1. Can I use Normal saline without prescription?

Normal Saline is a prescription medicine used for fluid and electrolyte replenishment through intravenous administration. It may be used alone or with other medications.


  1. Can I use normal saline for my contact lenses?

You can use normal saline for storing your contact lenses; however, normal saline specifically for this purpose is separate and available commercially.


  1. How will normal saline help me?

Normal saline will help reestablish the normal electrolyte and water balance in your body.


  1. Why do we flush/wash with normal saline?

Normal saline is used for flushing to prevent intravenous catheters from becoming blocked and remove any medication that may be left at the infusion/catheter site. Normal saline is a sterile mix of salt and water that is similar to your body's fluids and tissues.

This medicine should be taken with food.
  • Please tell your doctor immediately in case of any severe adverse effects.
  • Please do not infuse very large amounts rapidly.
  • Please monitor your salt intake during use.
Diluent, fluid defeciencies
IV saline is used to replenish lost fluids, flush wounds, deliver medications, and sustain patients through surgery, dialysis, and chemotherapy.
0.9% saline is used to correct dehydration.
Common side effects include fever, swelling at the injection site, redness or infection.
On average, IV drips can last anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes.
No definitive data regarding pregnancy is available, therefore, be cautious.
The effects of this medication is undetermined in nursing females. Hence, consult your healthcare provider for further advice.
Before taking normal saline inform your doctor if you are allergic to it. Patients with renal (kidney) failure, cardiac (heart) failure, reduced urinary output due to obstructive urinary tract disease (a condition in which there is obstruction that inhibits urinary flow) and hypertonic dehydration (a condition in which water excretion is more than salt excretion, therefore increasing amounts of salts in body). Sodium chloride content of this product is 9.0 gm/litre whereas, the daily intake of an adult is 3-6 gm. Therefore , care should be taken in those cases where salt intake is restricted as in edema (swelling due to fluid retention), hypertension (high blood pressure) e.t.c


Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.


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