Additrace solution contains a range of trace elements; iron, zinc, manganese, copper, chromium, selenium, molybdenum, fluorine and iodine.
The body needs a supply of minute quantities of trace elements, mainly for the normal functioning of enzymes and metabolic processes. Trace elements are usually obtained from the normal diet, however a normal diet, ie where nutrients are absorbed from the gut, is not always possible.
For example, some people with severe or prolonged disorders of the gut, people who have had major surgery, trauma, or burns, people in a coma, people who are refusing to eat and some people with kidney or liver failure cannot get adequate nutrition either by eating, or by being fed through a feeding tube that goes into the stomach.
In these cases, nutrients are given by a drip into a vein (intravenous infusion). This may be in addition to normal eating or tube feeding (supplemental parenteral nutrition), or may be the sole source of nutrition (total parenteral nutrition or TPN).
Parenteral nutrition contains all the nutrients required by the body, such as fats, glucose, amino acids, electrolytes and vitamins. Additrace is added to these intravenous feeding solutions to provide a source of trace elements. These are used by the body in the same way as trace elements obtained in a normal diet would be.
Additrace is added to the parenteral nutrition bag under aseptic (sterile) conditions in the pharmacy.
Your doctor and pharmacist will use the results of daily blood tests to check that the components added to the parenteral nutrition are necessary and appropriate.
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, 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.
This medicine is not known to affect other medicines. Your doctor and pharmacist will always make sure that parenteral nutrition is compatible with any other medicines that you are being treated with.
There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain this composition of trace elements.