Pabrinex injections contain the water-soluble vitamins C (ascorbic acid), B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide) and B6 (pyridoxine).
Vitamins are substances that are required by the body in very small amounts to maintain healthy growth and development. They are in involved in numerous biological activities in the body.
The B group of vitamins are involved in the development and maintenance of the nervous system (brain and nerves) and the formation of blood cells. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and is responsible for maintaining healthy cell structure and producing an important protein, known as collagen, which is found in the skin, bone, cartilage and tendons.
Vitamins B and C cannot be produced by the body and are therefore obtained soley from the diet. Vitamin B and C deficiencies can arise from poor diet, particularly in alcoholism or psychiatric states, following surgery or infections, or in conditions where the body cannot effectively absorb nutrients from the gut (malabsorption). It can also occur with regular kidney haemodialysis, which removes these vitamins from the blood.
Pabrinex injection is given to rapidly replace vitamins B and C in people with severe deficiencies of these vitamins.
There are two forms of Pabrinex injection: - one is solely for injecting into the veins (intravenous use) and the other for injecting into the muscle (intramuscular use).
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine is not known to affect other medicines. However, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while being treated with this one, to make sure that the combination is safe.
There are currently no other injectable forms of vitamin B and C available in the UK.