Label: SODIUM CHLORIDE injection

  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

Drug Label Information

Updated June 6, 2022

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    Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9% is a sterile, nonpyrogenic solution.  The osmolarity is 300 mOsmol per liter (calculated).

    Each mL contains:  Sodium chloride 9 mg; Water for Injection q.s.  It contains no bacteriostat, antimicrobial agent or added buffer and is supplied only in single dose containers.  Hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide may have been added for pH adjustment (pH 4.5-7.0).

    Sodium chloride occurs as colorless cubic crystals or white crystalline powder and has a saline taste.  Sodium chloride is freely soluble in water.  It is soluble in glycerin and slightly soluble in alcohol.

    The empirical formula for sodium chloride is NaCl and the molecular weight is 58.44.


    Sodium chloride in water dissociates to provide sodium (Na +) and chloride (Cl —) ions. These ions are normal constituents of the body fluids (principally extracellular) and are essential for maintaining electrolyte balance.

    The distribution and excretion of sodium (Na +) and chloride (Cl —) are largely under the control of the kidney which maintains a balance between intake and output.

    The small volume of fluid and amount of sodium chloride provided by Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9%, when used only as a vehicle for parenteral injection of drugs, is unlikely to exert a significant effect on fluid and electrolyte balance except possibly in very small infants.

    Water is an essential constituent of all body tissues and accounts for approximately 70% of total body weight. Average normal adult daily requirement ranges from two to three liters (1 to 1.5 liters each for insensible water loss by perspiration and urine production).

    Water balance is maintained by various regulatory mechanisms. Water distribution depends primarily on the concentration of electrolytes in the body compartments and sodium (Na +) plays a major role in maintaining physiologic equilibrium.


    This parenteral preparation is indicated only for diluting or dissolving drugs for intravenous, intramuscular, or subcutaneous injection, according to instructions of the manufacturer of the drug to be administered.


    Consult the manufacturer's instructions for choice of vehicle, appropriate dilution or volume for dissolving the drugs to be injected, including the route and rate of injection. Inspect reconstituted (diluted or dissolved) drugs for clarity (if soluble) and freedom from unexpected precipitation or discoloration prior to administration.

    Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9%. It is also not known whether Sodium Chloride Injection containing additives can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9% containing additives should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

    Pediatric Use
    The safety and effectiveness in the pediatric population are based on the similarity of the clinical conditions of the pediatric and adult populations. In neonates or very small infants the volume of fluid may affect fluid and electrolyte balance.

    Drug Interactions
    Some drugs for injection may be incompatible in a given vehicle, or when combined in the same vehicle or in a vehicle containing benzyl alcohol. Consult with pharmacist, if available.

    Use aseptic technique for single or multiple entry and withdrawal from all containers.

    When diluting or dissolving drugs, mix thoroughly and use promptly.

    Do not store reconstituted solutions of drugs for injection unless otherwise directed by the manufacturer of the solute.

    Do not use unless the solution is clear and seal intact. Do not reuse single dose containers, discard unused portion.


    Reactions which may occur because of this solution, added drugs or the technique of reconstitution or administration include febrile response, local tenderness, abscess, tissue necrosis or infection at the site of injection, venous thrombosis or phlebitis extending from the site of injection and extravasation.

    If an adverse reaction does occur, discontinue the infusion, evaluate the patient, institute appropriate countermeasures and, if possible, retrieve and save the remainder of the unused vehicle for examination.


    When used as a diluent, solvent or intravascular flushing solution, this parenteral preparation is unlikely to pose a threat of sodium chloride or fluid overload except possibly in very small infants.  In the event these should occur, reevaluate the patient and institute appropriate corrective measures.  (See PRECAUTIONS and ADVERSE REACTIONS).


    Before Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9% is used as a vehicle for the administration of a drug, specific references should be checked for any possible incompatibility with sodium chloride.

    The volume of the preparation to be used for diluting or dissolving any drug for injection is dependent on the vehicle concentration, dose and route of administration as recommended by the manufacturer.

    Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9% is also indicated for use in flushing intravenous catheters. Prior to and after administration of the medication, the intravenous catheter should be flushed in its entirety with Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9%. Use in accord with any warnings or precautions appropriate to the medication being administered.

    Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit.

  • How Supplied

    Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9%, preservative free, is available as follows:


    Preservative Free. Discard unused portion.

    Use only if solution is clear and seal intact.

    Store at 20º to 25ºC (68º to 77ºF) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]



    Lake Zurich, IL 60047


    Revised: November 2020

  • Sample Package Label


    sodium chloride injection
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:52584-186(NDC:63323-186)
    Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:52584-186-011 in 1 BAG07/03/2019
    110 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-DOSE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    Labeler - General Injectables and Vaccines, Inc. (108250663)