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Intralipid

Last updated on 16/07/2021.

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CHINESE NAME: 脂肪乳

DRUG CLASS: Supplements

SUB CLASS: Parenteral nutrition

USED FOR: Nutritional supplementation

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 20% (injections)
– 10% (emulsion)

What is Intralipid?

Intralipid is a parenteral nutrition supplement. It is administered in the veins to provide nutrition to patients who cannot receive nutrients by mouth. Intralipid provides calories and essential fatty acids, which prevent or treat fatty acid deficiency. Calories are needed to provide the body with energy for normal functioning and metabolism. Symptoms of fatty acid deficiency include scaly skin, poor growth and poor wound healing.

Intralipid is often used in patients with essential fatty acid deficiency who cannot maintain or restore normal levels of essential fatty acid by oral intake.

How to use it?

Daptomycin is injected through a needle into a vein as directed by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the dosage and frequency depending on your condition.

Essential fatty acid deficiency
4-8% of non-protein energy requirements to be supplied by Intralipid.
Adult
Maximum dosage of 3 g triglycerides per kg body weight per day.
Neonates and infants
0.5-4 g triglycerides per kg body weight per day.

What are the side effects of Intralipid?

Common side effects of Intralipid include increase in body temperature, shivering, chills, nausea and vomiting.

Who should not take Intralipid?

– People allergic to any component of the formulation
– People allergic to eggs, soybeans or peanuts.
– Patients with severe hyperlipidaemia and liver insufficiency

Pharmacist Tips:

Common dosing schedule:
Intralipid is administered to the vein daily.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Intralipid may interact with:
– Heparin

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Intralipid in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Intralipid is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Intralipid in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.