Precautions

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Your doctor will check your progress closely while you are receiving this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

If you measure your blood sugar levels, this solution may cause false high blood sugar readings for some kinds of monitors and test strips. You must use only a glucose-specific monitor and test strips. Ask your doctor or nurse to help you choose the right monitor and test strips. Your caregiver may suggest you carry a wallet card explaining your need for a specific kind of monitor and test strips.

Icodextrin may cause an infection in the peritoneal cavity called peritonitis. This is common in patients on peritoneal dialysis. Tell your doctor if you have pain, redness, fever, or cloudy drained fluid.

Icodextrin may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you have blistering, peeling, or red skin rash, itching, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this medicine.

It is important for you to keep track of how much fluid you have in your body at all times. Ask your health caregiver about how to do this, and what to do if you have too much or too little fluid. One way to keep track of how much fluid is in your body is to weigh yourself often, and write the number down.

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you are using. Icodextrin might remove some medicines from your body, so your doctor might need to change your dose of other medicines. Do not change the dose of any of your other medicines unless your doctor tells you to.