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2-hydroxyethyl ether starch
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Description

Hetastarch is a synthetic colloid solution used to treat hypovolemia (low blood volume) and to replace lost blood volume. It is a starch-based solution that is made from hydroxyethyl starch, a derivative of cornstarch. Hetastarch is used to increase the oncotic pressure of the blood, which helps to draw fluid back into the bloodstream.

Common side effects of hetastarch include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and rash. It can also cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Brand names associated with hetastarch include:
  ▸  Hextend
  ▸  Voluven
  ▸  Gelofusine
  ▸  HES-P
  ▸  HES-F
  ▸  HES-C
  ▸  HES-D

Synonyms
  • HES
  • hetastarch
  • hydroxyethyl starch
Classifications
  • blood substitute
  • sport doping
  • volume expander

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