Drug Information

Absorbable gelatin

Absorbable gelatin

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Gelfilm®;
  • Gelfoam®
Pharmacologic Category

  • Hemostatic Agent
Dosing: AdultHemostasis: Local: Apply packs or sponges dry or saturated with sodium chloride. When applied dry, hold in place with moderate pressure. When applied wet, squeeze to remove air bubbles. The powder is applied as a paste prepared by adding approximately 4 mL of sterile saline solution to the powder.

Dosing: PediatricRefer to adult dosing.

Dosing: GeriatricRefer to adult dosing.

Generic Equivalent Available: U.S.No

UseAdjunct to provide hemostasis in surgery; open prostatic surgery

Adverse Reactions Significant1% to 10%: Local: Infection and abscess formation

ContraindicationsShould not be used in closure of skin incisions since they may interfere with the healing of skin edges

Warnings/PrecautionsDisease-related concerns:

• Infection: Do not use in the presence of infection; if signs or symptoms of infection or abscess develop in an area where placed, reoperation may be necessary to remove material and allow drainage.

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• Postpartum bleeding/menorrhagia: Do not use to control postpartum bleeding or menorrhagia.

Other warnings/precautions:

• Appropriate use: Do not overpack, product expands by absorbing fluid.

• Sterilization: Do not sterilize by heat.

Drug Interactions

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There are no known significant interactions.

Pregnancy Risk FactorNo data reported

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