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Dextrose Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(DEKS trose)

U.S. Brand Names

BD™ Glucose [OTC]; Dex4® [OTC]; Enfamil® Glucose; GlucoBurst® [OTC]; Glutol™ [OTC]; Glutose 15™ [OTC]; Glutose 45™ [OTC]; Insta-Glucose® [OTC]; Similac® Glucose

Mexican Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Antidote, Hypoglycemia; Intravenous Nutritional Therapy

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to dextrose, corn or corn products, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Dextrose stimulates the liver to produce sugar.

How is it best taken?


• Follow directions given by healthcare provider or read the package insert.

• Make sure to swallow medicine.

• May repeat in 10 minutes if blood sugar is still low.


• This medicine is given into a vein constantly for a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• This medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• You will be monitored closely by healthcare provider while receiving the injection.

How should I store this medicine?


• Store at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.


• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:33:17.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:17:31.0

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