Highlights for mannitol
mannitol Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- changes in vision
- chest pain
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- fever or chills
- increased thirst
- irritation, pain at site where injected
- muscle pain, weakness
- swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dry mouth
- nausea, vomiting
- runny nose
- skin sores
mannitol May Interact with Other Medications
- other diuretics
How to Use mannitol
This medicine is for infusion into a vein or into the urethra. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bleeding in the brain, head injury or trauma
- fluid on the lungs
- heart failure
- kidney disease
- small amount of urine output
- an unusual or allergic reaction to mannitol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This does not apply.
You will be monitored closely while you are on this medicine.
You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Check with your doctor. Also, ask how many glasses of fluid you need to drink a day. You must not get dehydrated.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Last Updated: July 6, 2009