Your doctor has ordered a nutritional solution total parenteral (TPN).
This solution will drip through a needle or catheter placed into the vein for 10 to 12 hours, five times a week or once a day.
This solution is used in those patients who cannot or should not eat. The nutritional solution may include sugar and carbohydrates (for energy), electrolytes and trace elements. This solution may contain some or all of these substances, depending on its condition.
Although this solution usually contains lipids, it does not fatten you. Everyone needs calories, protein and fat, as well as other substances, to stay healthy.
Electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, calcium and magnesium. Trace elements including zinc, copper, manganese and chrome. Electrolytes and trace elements are important for maintaining the health of almost all organs of the body. They help the heart, muscles and nerves to function properly and prevent that dry them out.
Your health care provider (doctor, nurse or pharmacist) staff can measure the effectiveness and side effects of treatment using laboratory tests and physical exams. It is important to comply with all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. The duration of the treatment will depend on your body's response to the medication.
Before giving this solution:
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to any medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially dexamethasone (Dead-on); medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease; prednisone; tetracycline; and vitamins.
Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes or heart, kidney, liver, lung disease, or Addison's disease. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, you plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding, so that you can discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of using this solution.