What is bacteriostatic water?
Bacteriostatic water (bacteriostatic water for injection) is sterile water containing 0.9% benzyl alcohol that is used to dilute or dissolve medicines. This water can be reused several times (usually with a sterile needle), and benzyl alcohol suppresses or stops the growth of the most potentially pathogenic bacteria.
What is the difference between bacteriostatic water and bactericidal water?
Bacteriostatic water only prevents the growth of harmful microflora, but does not kill pathogenic microorganisms, since additional impurities that could have bactericidal properties could negatively interact with water-soluble drugs, as well as have additional side effects, thus depriving water of its versatility
Why use bacteriostatic water and what side effects are there?
Bacteriostatic water can be used to dilute drugs, which can then be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, or subcutaneously. The side effects of bacteriostatic water in adults are few, if any, and if present, they may be due to contamination, particulate matter, or the drug being dissolved. Side effects that can occur after adding drugs to bacteriostatic water include fever, abscess formation, venous thrombosis or phlebitis, tissue necrosis, and infections.
Bacteriostatic water for injection is supplied in a reusable dose of 10 ml in a glass fliptop bottle that is plastic and not under pressure. This water is not used for neonatal medications due to possible changes in blood pressure and the toxicity of benzyl alcohol to newborns. If bacteriostatic water is injected intravenously without any diluted compound, it can cause destruction of red blood cells, since the solution is not isotonic. Bacteriostatic water does not usually interact with other drugs, however, some injectable drugs may not be compatible. Let our consultant know about any medications and supplements you are using. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before taking bacteriostatic water.
•prevents the growth of pathogenic microflora when diluting peptides or growth hormone;
•prolongs the use of peptides and growth hormone;
•reduces the likelihood of infection during injection;
The choice of the appropriate volume of water for diluting the peptide or growth hormone depends on its concentration in the vial. For more accurate calculations, it is worth using calculators to calculate the dosage of peptides or contact our consultant.
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