Sodium Nitrite

Sodium Nitrite Genetic Information

G6PD is an enzyme in your body that is responsible for helping red blood cells to work properly. Some patients are born with less of this enzyme in their bodies, leading to the destruction of red blood cells. When sodium nitrite is used in patients with G6PD deficiency, they have a higher chance of experiencing hemolytic anemia (a condition in which the body does not have enough red blood cells to deliver oxygen to your tissues).

G6PD testing may be done to determine whether you are at a higher risk of experiencing hemolytic anemia if you are to be treated with sodium nitrite.

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Sodium Nitrite Drug Class


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Sodium Nitrite Interactions

This is not a complete list of Sodium Nitritedrug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Sodium Nitrite and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Sodium Nitrite falls into category C:

In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans, though. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.


There are no well-controlled studies that have been done in pregnant women. Sodium Nitrite should be used during pregnancy only if the possible benefit outweighs the possible risk to the unborn baby.


No studies have been done in animals, and no well-controlled studies have been done in pregnant women. Sodium Nitrite should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Sodium Nitrite Dosage

Take sodium nitrite exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Sodium Nitrite dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following (use any or all that apply):

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your weight
  • your height
  • your age
  • your gender

Sodium Nitrite is available in the following doses:

  • Amyl Nitrite/na Nitrite/na Thiosulfate 0.3 Ml-30 Mg-25 G Injectable Kit
  • Sodium Nitrite 3% Intravenous Solution
  • Sodium Nitrite Compounding Powder
  • Sodium Nitrite-sodium Thiosulfate 30 Mg-250 Mg/ml Intravenous Solution

Forms of Medication

Sodium Nitrite is available in the following forms:

  • Injectable Solution
  • Topical Solution