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Description

What is Orthovisc?

Orthovisc (Sodium Hyaluronate) is used to treat knee pain caused by with joint inflammation (osteoarthritis) and is often given via a syringe after other arthritis medications have been used without success.

How does Orthovisc work?

Orthovisc contains the medication hyaluronate which is similar to the fluid which surrounds the joints in your body. This medication acts as a lubricant and shock absorbed for your joints. Orthovisc is given via a syringe directly into the affected joint by a healthcare provider.

Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.

  • Orthovisc is injected directly into your knee joint and should be given by a healthcare provider. This medication is typically given once a week.
  • Your doctor may need to remove extra fluid from the joint before injecting the medication.
  • Your Orthovisc dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to treatment.
  • This medication should not be injected into a vein or an artery as the risk of side effects could increase.
  • For the 48 hours after receiving an injection, you should avoid any activities which could put stress on your knee such as exercise or standing for more than an hour.
  • This medication should be injected on a schedule. It can take three injections before you begin to feel the benefits of this medication.

Cautions

Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:

  • If you have any drug allergies.
  • Which other prescription and non-prescription medications you currently take.
  • Your medical history especially of knee joint infections, skin infections, problems around the injection area and any circulation problems.
  • If you are breast feeding.

Also be aware that:

  • This medication should only be used during pregnancy when it is clearly needed.

Side Effects

Common Orthovisc side effects may include but are not limited to:

  • Back pain.
  • Joint pain, stiffness or swelling.
  • Numbness, itching or tingling.
  • Headache or dizziness.
  • Swelling, pain, discomfort or redness around the injection site.
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Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following Sodium Hyaluronate side effects:

  • Bleeding.
  • Increased knee pain.
  • Signs of infection around the injection site including warmth, swelling and redness.

FAQs

Q: Where should Orthovisc be injected?

A: Orthovisc is injected directly into your knee joint and should be given by a healthcare provider. This medication is typically given once a week. Orthovisc should not be injected into a vein or an artery as the risk of side effects could increase.

Q: Can I exercise after using Orthovisc Syringe?

A: For the 48 hours after receiving an injection, you should avoid any activities which could put stress on your knee such as exercise or standing for more than an hour.

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