Extraneal

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    Brand Name:Extraneal
    Generic:Icodextrin
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2002-12-20 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Baxter International Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
Peritoneal Dialysis Solutions
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2002/21321_Extraneal_lbl.pdf

About Extraneal

Extraneal is a sterile peritoneal dialysis solution used for chronic kidney failure. It draws fluid and wastes from your bloodstream into your peritoneal cavity (the space inside your abdomen). The fluids and wastes are removed from your body when the Extraneal solution is drained. You should use Extraneal only for the long dwell exchange (8-16 hours) in peritoneal dialysis, and not more than 1 exchange in 24 hours.

Side Effects of Extraneal

Rash is the most common side effect of Extraneal. It usually appears during the first 3 weeks of treatment and goes away when treatment stops. This side effect is more common in women.

Other side effects of Extraneal:

  • peritonitis (an infection in the peritoneal cavity). Report any symptoms of peritonitis (pain, redness, fever, and cloudy drained fluid) to your health care provider right away.
  • high blood pressure
  • cold
  • headache
  • abdominal (stomach) pain
  • cough
  • flu-like symptoms
  • nausea
  • swelling
  • chest pain
  • upset stomach
  • high blood sugar

Who Should Not Take Extraneal

Do not use Extraneal if you:

  • have a glycogen storage disease
  • are allergic to Extraneal or to any of the ingredients in Extraneal. Extraneal contains icodextrin, which is made from cornstarch.
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Recent Forum Posts on Extraneal

Reaction Bad

Used extraneal for about 3 weeks. Broke out in red itchy rash all over my body. Skin on hands has started peeling. Very ugly and painful. Why don't they test for these things before starting someone on something so harmful.


Extraneal usage

My husband has been using the Extraneal for 2 weeks now and is finding that out of all the different fluids he uses, this one pulls off the most liquid and he doesn't have probelems with his blood sugars using it. We only wish that he could use it twice a day.


Severe reaction

My wife used Extraneal for only about a week, and then began to notice rash like patches and itchiness. Before she knew it, she had places on her skin that looked as though she had severe sunburn, after which ALL of the skin on her body began a major peel. After a week of already being off of it, she is still dealing with peeling and soreness and tenderness because of it.


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