Solutions for Irrigation and Injection, IV Bags and Supplies

Bacteriostatic water is a solution of sterile water that contains a very small amount of benzyl alcohol – 0.9%, to be exact. It is used to dilute or dissolve medications before they are given to a patient by intravenous, intramuscular, or subcutaneous injection.

Why is benzyl alcohol added to sterile water for injection, and why such a small amount? Benzyl alcohol is a very effective solvent, meaning it is capable of dissolving different substances, called solutes, to create a new solution. Additionally, benzyl alcohol carries no microbial load and can prevent microbial growth.

Water for injections like bacteriostatic water is almost always supplied in multiple-dose vials that allow for needles to be reentered multiple times. The solution in these vials will begin to lose potency 28 days after opening and need to be stored in an area that is kept cold, between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll find our selection of bacteriostatic water for injections in vials here. If you’re looking for sterile water for injection that comes in bags and can be used for IV drips, we have those products listed here.
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Why Not Just Use Sterile Water?

Because such a small amount of benzyl alcohol is present in bacteriostatic water, you might be wondering why you can’t use just sterile water for injection when injecting a medication. It’s a common question, so you’re not alone in asking. The reason why bacteriostatic water for injections is always preferred is that just sterile water can easily become contaminated and is more intended for washing, cleaning, or irrigation.

Medication will almost always mention what product should be used to dilute it in the directions, and most will specify bacteriostatic sterile water for injection. If nothing is specified in the directions, call your doctor.

Buy Bacteriostatic Water for Injections from Farris Laboratories

For over two decades, Farris Laboratories has been the go-to supplier of not just bacteriostatic water but a variety of other essential medical and pharmaceutical products. We’re trusted offices, clinics, assisted living homes, and a variety of other medical and pharmaceutical organizations because of our friendly and helpful customer service, professional and discreet shipping, and speedy delivery. Order online from us today!

Bacteriostatic water is an integral product in the medical space and you can count on Farris Labs to always have what you need in stock. Bacteriostatic water is a solution of sterile water and benzyl alcohol. This solution is used to create a solution of various medications for the application of that medicine through injection. If you are in need of any products quickly, we offer same-day shipping on all in-stock products on orders placed by 2:00 p.m. CST. Have a question about our sterile water for injection? Call 1-800-537-0411 Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.