Hyaluronic Acid

What is the most important information I should know about Hyaluronic Acid?

· Talk to your doctor before using Hyaluronic Acid if you have an allergy to birds or bird products, feathers, or egg products.

 

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

· Sodium hyaluronate is similar to synovial fluid, a substance that occurs naturally in the joints. Synovial fluid acts as a lubricant and shock absorber.

· Sodium hyaluronate is injected into the knee joints for the treatment of pain in individuals with osteoarthritis.

· Sodium hyaluronate may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

 

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using Hyaluronic Acid?

· Talk to your doctor before using Hyaluronic Acid if you have an allergy to birds or bird products, feathers, or egg products.

· Sodium hyaluronate should not be used if there is an infection or skin disease at the site of injection.

· It is not known whether Hyaluronic Acid will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use Hyaluronic Acid without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

· It is not known whether Hyaluronic Acid will be harmful to a nursing baby. Do not use Hyaluronic Acid without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

How should I use Hyaluronic Acid?

· Sodium hyaluronate is administered by a healthcare professional as an intra-articular (into the joint) injection.

· Temporary pain or swelling of the affected joint may occur after injection of Hyaluronic Acid.

· Avoid strenuous activity or prolonged (longer than one hour) weight-bearing activity such as jogging, tennis, or lifting weights for 48 hours following an injection, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Contact your doctor if a dose of Hyaluronic Acid is missed.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· An overdose of Hyaluronic Acid is unlikely to threaten life. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if an overdose of Hyaluronic Acid is suspected.

 

What should I avoid while using Hyaluronic Acid?

· Avoid strenuous activity or prolonged (longer than one hour) weight-bearing activity such as jogging, tennis, or lifting weights for 48 hours following an injection, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

 

What are the possible side effects of Hyaluronic Acid?

· Notify your doctor immediately if you experience a rare but serious allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives) to Hyaluronic Acid.

· Other less serious side effects may also occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience     ·temporary pain or swelling of the affected joint;     ·rash or bruising at the injection site;     ·headache; or     ·upset stomach.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Hyaluronic Acid?

· It is not known whether other medications will interact with Hyaluronic Acid. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products during treatment with Hyaluronic Acid.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Hyaluronic Acid written for health professionals that you may read.