Some people call this product Bac Water, Bac-Water, Barostatic Water, Biostatic water, Sterile Water for Injection, Bacteriostatic Water for Injection, HCG Water, HCG Mixing solvent, Dilution water for injections. There are many slang type names for it.
What is Bacteriostatic Water?
Hospira 30ml Bacteriostatic water for injection — The term “Bacteriostatic” refers to a preservative called (benzyl alcohol) that is added to products to prolong their shelf life.
What is the difference between Bacteriostatic water vs sterile water for injection?
Bacteriostatic water for injection has an extra preservative agent added into the water called benzyl alcohol (BnOH). Benzyl alcohol is a colorless liquid that has low toxicity, and low vapor pressure. 0.9% benzyl alcohol is added so that Bacteriostatic water can be used for multiple doses over time from the multi-dose vial.
Sterile Water for injection is a single-dose sterile water that does not contain any bacteriostat, antimicrobial agents, and added buffers. Please do not confuse Bacteriostatic water with plain sterile water.
How long does Bacteriostatic water last after it has been opened?
Hospira states that once a vial of Bacteriostatic water is opened that the preservatives will prolong its life for up to 28 days. After 28 days the vial needs to be discarded. Other USP Sterile water without the benzyl alcohol bacteriostatic agent (single-dose vials) should be discarded after a single use.
What does Bacteriostatic mean?
Bacteriostatic means that there is a preservative called Benzyl Alcohol 0.9% (sterilized) that is added to sterile water for injection to allow the solvent to be reused for up to 28 days.
Please ask your doctor before using Bacteriostatic Water or any injection product. Not for use in newborns and not to be used for inhalation.