Normally NS 0.9% Infusion is an indispensable component of the human body. If given in required amount, it is very beneficial. However, it can be harmful when given in more than the required amount or concentration. In high doses, it can lead to fluid overload, swelling of feet and legs, and sodium accumulation in the body.
Q. What does NS 0.9% Infusion do to the body?
NS 0.9% Infusion is normally present in your body. Sodium and chloride ions help maintain the fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. Sodium is an electrolyte which maintains the water balance in your body and keeps your body hydrated. It helps in maintaining normal functioning of the nerves, heart and other organs. NS 0.9% Infusion is used to treat or prevent sodium loss caused by dehydration, diarrhea or other causes.
Q. Is NS 0.9% Infusion used to clean wounds?
Yes, NS 0.9% Infusion is used to clean wounds. It serves as a very good solution which can be used to irrigate and wash or clean body cavities, tissues or wounds. It also serves as a solvent for various medicines to be used in various conditions. It is for external use only and should not be swallowed.
Q. Do we need to be cautious while taking NS 0.9% Infusion?
Yes, you should be cautious if you have certain conditions, such as heart disease or heart failure, impaired kidney function, or diabetes. Also, stay cautious if you have swelling in various parts of your body like feet and ankles. It usually does not cause any major side effects but you should be cautious and should give your doctor a proper history before you take NS 0.9% Infusion.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.