Instillagel is a sterile gel containing a local anaesthetic and antiseptic presented in a sterile package.
Active ingredients are (in each 100 grams):-
- Lidocaine Hydrochloride (Local anaesthetic) 2.000g
- Chlorhexidine Gluconate Solution (Antiseptic) 0.250g
- Methyl Hydroxybenzoate (E218) (Antiseptic) 0.060g
- Propyl Hydroxybenzoate (E216) (Antiseptic) 0.025g
in a gel made with Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylene Glycol and Purified Water.
The gel comes in disposable syringes each containing either 6ml or 11ml.
What the gel does
Instillagel is used when putting a tube or instrument into a body cavity. It contains a local anaesthetic to prevent pain and antiseptics to reduce the risk of infection getting in, while lubricating to make the process smooth.
If you are interested in learning more about catheterisation, we have developed a free e-learning module in partnership with the George Eliot hospital.
To access this, visit: http://www.geh.nhs.uk/elearning/clinimed.html
Before the gel is used
Tell the person preparing to use the gel if any of the following applies to you:
You are not suitable for Instillagel:-
- If you have ever had a reaction to a local anaesthetic
- If you know that you are allergic or hypersensitive to E216 and E218 (also called parabens) or any of the other ingredients
- If the gel will be in contact with damaged membranes
Care should be taken when using Instillagel:-
- If you have heart problems or are taking medication for treating irregular heartbeat
- If you have liver problems
- If you are epileptic
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Tell the person preparing to use the gel if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant. You can continue to breast-feed.
After using the gel
You may feel drowsy after using InstilIagel, if so do not drive or use machinery.
If the gel has been used orally (inserted into your mouth), care should be taken when chewing or swallowing as you may bite yourself without realising.
How the gel is used
The gel is available in two sizes - 6ml and 11ml. Usually the complete contents of the size suitable for the procedure will be used. The syringe is removed from its sterile package by tearing off the backing paper. Before removing the blue cap from the end of the syringe, free the plunger by gently pressing it. Remove the cap. Insert the nozzle into the opening of the area to be anaesthetised and press the plunger slowly to push out the gel. The anaesthetic takes about 5 minutes to work after the gel has been used.
Has the gel any side effects?
You might feel a slight stinging just after the gel is used, but this stops as soon as the anaesthetic starts to work. Most people find that there are no problems after the gel has been used but there may be a slight soreness when the effect of the local anaesthetic has worn off. If you feel that you have had any reaction to the gel, please tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Storage of the gel
The gel should not be used after the expiry date shown on the package. If you are asked to keep a package of the gel for use at another time, store it below 25 degrees centigrade.
The syringe is for single use only. If the complete contents are not used, the syringe and remaining gel must be thrown away.
As with all medicines, keep Instillagel away from children.
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