Kabiven: Indications, Dosage, Precautions, Adverse Effects
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Kabiven - Product Information

Manufacture: Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC
Country: United States
Condition: Nutrition, Parenteral (Total Parenteral Nutrition)
Class: Intravenous nutritional products
Form: Liquid solution, Intravenous (IV)
Ingredients: Amino acids, anhydrous dextrose, soybean oil, sodium acetate, potassium chloride, sodium glycerophosphate anhydrous, magnesium sulfate heptahydrate, and calcium chloride injection, egg phospholipids, glycerin, water.

Indications and Usage

KABIVEN is indicated as a source of calories, protein, electrolytes and essential fatty acids for adult patients requiring parenteral nutrition when oral or enteral nutrition is not possible, insufficient, or contraindicated. KABIVEN may be used to prevent essential fatty acid deficiency or treat negative nitrogen balance in adult patients.

Limitation of Use

KABIVEN is not recommended for use in pediatric patients under the age of 2 years, including preterm infants because the fixed content of the formulation does not meet the nutritional requirements of this age group [see Warnings and Precautions and Use in Specific Populations].

Dosage and Administration


  • KABIVEN is for intravenous infusion only into a central vein [see Warnings and Precautions].
  • Use a 1.2 micron inline filter.
  • Use of a vented intravenous administration set with the vent in the open position could result in air embolism.
  • Use a dedicated line without any connections. Multiple connections could result in air embolism due to residual air being drawn from the primary container before administration of the fluid from the secondary container is completed.
  • Ceftriaxone must not be administered simultaneously with calciumcontaining intravenous solutions such as KABIVEN via a Ysite due to precipitation. However, ceftriaxone and KABIVEN may be administered sequentially if the infusion lines are thoroughly flushed between infusions with a compatible fluid [see Warnings and Precautions].
  • Do not use administration sets and lines that contain di2ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). Administration sets that contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) components have DEHP as a plasticizer.

Important Preparation Instructions

  • Inspect the bag prior to activation. Discard the bag in the following situations:
    • Evidence of damage to the bag
    • More than one chamber is white
    • Solution is yellow
    • Any seal is already broken
  • Activate the bag [see Dosage and Administration].
  • Once the bag is activated, ensure the vertical seals between chambers are broken at least from the bend in the seals and down to the ports. The upper sections of the vertical seals above the bend and the horizontal seal may remain closed.
  • It is recommended to mix the contents thoroughly by inverting the bag upside down to ensure a homogenous admixture.
  • Ensure the vertical seals between chambers are broken and the contents of all three chambers are mixed together prior to infusion [see Dosage and Administration].
  • For total parenteral nutrition add multivitamins and trace elements via the additive port. Any other additions to the bag should be evaluated by a pharmacist for compatibility. Questions about compatibility may be directed to Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC Vigilance and Medical Affairs.
  • When introducing additives, it is recommended to use 18 to 23 gauge needles with a maximum length of 1.5 inches (40 mm) and to mix thoroughly after each addition, use aseptic technique and add after the vertical seals have been broken (i.e. bag has been activated) and the three components are mixed [see Dosage and Administration].
  • Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Inspect KABIVEN to ensure:
    • Precipitates have not formed during the mixing or addition of additives.
    • The emulsion has not separated. Separation of the emulsion can be visibly identified by a yellowish streaking or the accumulation of yellowish droplets in the mixed emulsion.
    • Discard the admixture if any of the above are observed.

  • KABIVEN should be used immediately after mixing and the introduction of additives. If not used immediately, the storage time and conditions prior to use should not be longer than 24 hours at 2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F). After removal from storage at 2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F), the admixture should be infused within 24 hours. Any mixture remaining must be discarded.

Instructions for Use

  1. Overpouch Notch
  2. Handle
  3. Hole (For hanging the bag)
  4. Vertical Seals (Must break to activate)
  5. Bends in Vertical Seals
  6. Horizontal Seal (May remain unopened)
  7. Blind Port (NEVER use this port)
  8. WHITE Additive Port
  9. BLUE Infusion Port
  10. Oxygen Absorber (Present between bag and inside overpouch-position may vary)

An instructional video is available at www.KabivenUSA.com.

1. Inspect bag prior to activation.
  • Kabiven is a 3 chambered bag:
    • One chamber is WHITE
    • Two chambers are CLEAR
      1. Discard bag if:
        • Overpouch is OPENED OR DAMAGED.
        • More than one chamber is WHITE.
        • Solution is YELLOW.
        • Seals are already BROKEN.

2. Remove overpouch.

  1. Place bag on a clean, flat surface.
  2. Tear from Overpouch Notch, located close to the ports.
  3. Tear long sides open to access the inner bag.
  4. Discard Overpouch and Oxygen Absorber.

3. Active Bag
  1. Place bag on a clean, flat surface with text side up and ports pointing away from you.
  2. Roll tightly from top of bag down toward post
  3. Apply pressure until both Vertical Seals break and entire contents are white. It may take up to 5 seconds of continued pressure to break Vertical Seals.
  4. NOTE: Both Vertical Seals must be broken from bends to ports. Upper section of Vertical Seals and Horizontal Seal may remain unbroken.

  5. After both Vertical Seals are broken, mix contents thoroughly by inverting the bag at least three times to ensure a homogenous mixture.

4. Inspect bag to Confirm Activation.

  • An activated bag has both Vertical Seals broken from bends to ports and entire contents are white.

5. Identify Correct Port.

  • Additive port is WHITE with arrow pointing toward bag
  • Infusion port is BLUE with arrow pointing away from bag.

6. Make Additions (if prescribed). Warning: Ensure additives are compatible.
  1. Immediately before injecting additives, break off WHITE Additive Port cap with the arrow pointing toward the bag.
  2. Hold base of Additive Port horizontally.
  3. Insert needle horizontally through the center of Additive Port's septum and inject additives.
  4. Repeat as necessary using aseptic technique.
  5. Mix thoroughly after each addition.

NOTE: The membrane of Additive Port is sterile at first use. Use aseptic technique for subsequent additions. The septum can be pierset up to 10 times with the recommended needle size 18 to 23 G 1½ inches (40mm).

7. Spike and Hang Bag.
  1. Immediately before inserting the infusion set, break off BLUE Infusion Port cap with the arrow pointing away from the bag.
  2. Use a non-vented infusion set or close the air-inlet on a vented set. It is recommended to use 1.2 µm in-line filter.
  3. Close the roller clamp of the infusion set.
  4. Hold the base of Infusion Port.
  5. Insert spike through Infusion Port by rotating your wrist slightly until the spike is inserted.
  6. Lift and hold the bag with both hands.
  7. Hang the bag by Hole below Handle.

Note: The membrane of Infusion Port is sterile at first use. Use infusion sets (according to ISO Number 8536-4) with an external spike diameter of 5.5 to 5.7 mm.

8. For Single Use Only.

  • Discard unused portion.

Dosing Considerations

The dosage of KABIVEN should be individualized based on the patient’s clinical condition (ability to adequately metabolize amino acids, dextrose and lipids), body weight and nutritional/fluid requirements, as well as additional energy given orally/enterally to the patient.

KABIVEN is a combination of amino acids, electrolytes, dextrose, and lipids in a fixed volume and concentration. The dosage selection is based upon fluid requirements which can be used in conjunction with the nutritional requirements to determine final dosage [See Table 1]. KABIVEN meets the total nutritional requirements for protein, dextrose, and lipids in stable patients, and can be individualized to meet specific needs with the addition of nutrients. The maximum infusion rate is based upon the dextrose component.

Prior to administration of KABIVEN , correct severe fluid electrolyte and acidbase disorders. Before starting the infusion, obtain serum triglyceride levels to establish the baseline value.

Recommended Adult Dosage

The recommended dosage of KABIVEN in adults is 19 to 38 mL/kg/day. The recommended daily nutritional requirements for protein, dextrose and lipids compared to the amount of nutrition provided by KABIVEN are shown in Table 1.

The maximum daily dosage of KABIVEN in adults should not exceed 40 mL/kg/day.

In patients with serum triglyceride concentrations above 400 mg/dL, stop the KABIVEN infusion and monitor serum triglyceride levels. Once the triglycerides are <400 mg/dL, restart KABIVEN at a lower infusion rate and advance rate in smaller increments towards target dosage, checking the triglyceride levels prior to each adjustment [see Contraindications and Warnings and Precautions].

Table 1: Nutritional Comparison
Recommended Nutritional Requirements1
Critically Ill Patients*
Fluid mL/kg/day 19 to 38 30 to 40 Minimum needed to deliver adequate
Protein** g/kg/day
Nitrogen g/kg/day
0.6 to 1.3
0.1 to 0.2
0.8 to 1.0
0.13 to 0.16
1.5 to 2
0.24 to 0.3
Dextrose g/kg/day 1.9 to 3.7 ≤10 ≤5.8
Lipids g/kg/day 0.7 to 1.5 1 ≤1
Total Energy Requirement
16 to 32 20 to 30 25 to 30

* Do not use in patients with conditions that are contraindicated [see Contraindications].

** Protein is provided as amino acids. When infused intravenously amino acids are metabolized and utilized as the building blocks of protein.

Treatment with KABIVEN may be continued for as long as is required by the patient’s condition.

Dosing in Renal Impairment

In patients with renal impairment, the dosage of KABIVEN should be the recommended adult dosage (see above). Prior to administration, correct severe fluid or electrolyte imbalances. Closely monitor serum electrolyte levels and adjust the volume of KABIVEN administered as required [see Warnings and Precautions].

Renal patients not needing dialysis require 0.6 to 0.8 g of protein/kg/day. Serum electrolyte levels should be closely monitored. Patients on hemodialysis or continuous renal replacement therapy should receive 1.2 to 1.8 g of protein/kg/day up to a maximum of 2.5 g of protein/kg/day based on nutritional status and estimated protein losses2. The KABIVEN dosage can be adjusted based on the treatment for the renal impairment, supplementing protein as indicated. If required, additional amino acids may be added to the KABIVEN bag or infused separately. Compatibility of additions should be evaluated by a pharmacist and questions may be directed to Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC Vigilance and Medical Affairs.

Infusion Duration and Rate

The recommended duration of infusion for KABIVEN is between 12 and 24 hours, depending on the clinical situation.

The maximum infusion rate of KABIVEN is 2.6 mL/kg/hour. This corresponds to 0.09 g/kg/hour of amino acids, 0.25 g/kg/hour of dextrose (the rate limiting factor) and 0.1 g/kg/hour of lipids.

Dosing Instructions

  1. Determine the fluid requirements (19 to 38 mL/kg/day) and the patient’s nutritional requirements (see Table 1) to be delivered, and then select the corresponding KABIVEN bag.
  2. Determine the preferred duration of infusion (12 to 24 hours).
  3. Ensure that the rate of infusion (KABIVEN dosage in mL/kg/day divided by the preferred duration of infusion (hours) does not exceed the maximum infusion rate for the patient (i.e., 2.6 mL/kg/hour). The infusion rate may need to be reduced and duration of infusion increased in order not to exceed the maximum infusion rate.
  4. Once the infusion rate in mL/kg/hour has selected, calculate the infusion rate (mL/hour) using the patient’s weight.
  5. Compare the patient’s nutrient requirements with the amount supplied by KABIVEN . Discuss with a pharmacist any additions that may be required.

Dosage Forms and Strengths

KABIVEN is a sterile, hypertonic emulsion in a three chamber container. The individual chambers contain one of the following respectively: amino acids and electrolytes, dextrose, or lipid injectable emulsion. Table 2 describes the individual components of KABIVEN.

Table 2: Contents of KABIVEN when mixed
Composition of KABIVEN
Soybean Oil, USP (g/100 mL) 3.9
Dextrose Anhydrous, USP (g/100mL) 9.8
Amino Acids, USP (g/100 mL) 3.31
Total Nitrogen (mg/100 mL) 526
amino acids
Lysine, USP (added
as the hydrochloride salt)
Phenylalanine, USP 231
Leucine, USP 231
Valine, USP 213
Threonine, USP 164
Methionine, USP 164
Isoleucine, USP 164
Tryptophan, USP 55
amino acids
Alanine, USP 467
Arginine, USP 330
Glycine, USP 231
Proline, USP 199
Histidine, USP 199
Glutamic Acid 164
Serine, USP 131
Aspartic Acid, USP 99
Tyrosine, USP 6.7
Sodium Acetate
Trihydrate, USP
Potassium Chloride,
Magnesium Sulfate
Heptahydrate, USP
Calcium Chloride
Dihydrate, USP
Sodium2 31 (31
Potassium 23 (23
Magnesium 7.8 (3.9
Calcium 3.8 (1.9
Phosphorous3 N.A. (9.7
Acetate4 38 (38
Chloride5 45 (45
Sulfate6 7.8 (3.9
From Dextrose 330
From Lipid 3907
From Amino Acids 130
Total 850
pH8 5.6
Osmolarity (mOsm/L) 1060

1. Balanced by ions from amino acids

2. Contributed by sodium glycerophosphate and sodium acetate

3. Contributed by sodium glycerophosphate and phospholipids

4. Derived from sodium acetate and glacial acetic acid (for pH adjustment)

5. Contributed by calcium chloride, lysine hydrochloride, and potassium chloride

6. Derived from magnesium sulfate

7. Total caloric value including lipid, phospholipid and glycerin

8. pH of amino acid with electrolyte solution was adjusted with glacial acetic acid, USP and pH of lipid emulsion was adjusted with sodium hydroxide, USP


The use of KABIVEN is contraindicated in patients with the following:

  • Known hypersensitivity to egg, soybean proteins, peanut proteins, corn or corn products or to any of the active substances or excipients;
  • Severe hyperlipidemia or severe disorders of lipid metabolism characterized by hypertriglyceridemia (serum triglyceride concentration >1,000 g/dL) [see Warnings and Precautions].
  • Inborn error of amino acid metabolism
  • Cardiopulmonary instability (including pulmonary edema, cardiac insufficiency, myocardial infarction, acidosis and hemodynamic instability requiring significant vasopressor support)
  • Hemophagocytic syndrome

Warnings and Precautions

Death in Preterm Infants

Deaths in preterm infants after infusion of intravenous lipid emulsions have been reported. Autopsy findings included intravascular lipid accumulation in the lungs.

Preterm and small for gestational age infants have poor clearance of intravenous lipid emulsion and increased free fatty acid plasma levels following lipid emulsion infusion.

The safe and effective use of KABIVEN injection in pediatric patients, including preterm infants, has not been established. KABIVEN is not recommended for use in pediatric patients under the age of 2 years including preterm infants.

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Stop infusion immediately and treat patient accordingly if signs or symptoms of a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction develop. Signs or symptoms may include: tachypnea, dyspnea, hypoxia, bronchospasm, tachycardia, hypotension, cyanosis, vomiting, nausea, headache, sweating, dizziness, altered mentation, flushing, rash, urticaria, erythema, pyrexia and chills.


Patients who require parenteral nutrition are at high risk of infections due to malnutrition and their underlying disease state. Infection and sepsis may occur as a result of the use of intravenous catheters to administer parenteral nutrition, poor maintenance of catheters, or immunosuppressive effects of illness, drugs, and parenteral formulations.

Decrease the risk of septic complications with heightened emphasis on aseptic technique in catheter placement and maintenance, as well as aseptic technique in the preparation of the nutritional formula.

Monitor for signs and symptoms (including fever and chills) of early infections, including laboratory test results (including leukocytosis and hyperglycemia) and frequent checks of the parenteral access device.

Fat Overload Syndrome

Fat overload syndrome is a rare condition that has been reported with intravenous lipid formulations. A reduced or limited ability to metabolize the lipid contained in KABIVEN accompanied by prolonged plasma clearance may result in a syndrome characterized by a sudden deterioration in the patient's condition accompanied by fever, anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, coagulation disorders, hyperlipidemia, liver fatty infiltration (hepatomegaly), deteriorating liver function, and central nervous system manifestations (e.g., coma). The cause of the fat overload syndrome is unclear. The syndrome is usually reversible when the infusion of the lipid emulsion is stopped. Although it has been most frequently observed when the recommended lipid dosage was exceeded, cases have also been described where the lipid formulation was administered according to instructions.

Refeeding Syndrome

Refeeding severely undernourished patients with parenteral nutrition may result in the refeeding syndrome, characterized by the intracellular shift of potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium as the patient becomes anabolic. Thiamine deficiency and fluid retention may also develop. Carefully monitor severely undernourished patients and slowly increase their nutrient intakes, while avoiding overfeeding, to prevent these complications.


KABIVEN should be used with caution in patients with diabetes mellitus or hyperglycemia. With the administration of KABIVEN , hyperglycemia, and hyperosmolar syndrome may result. Administration of dextrose at a rate exceeding the patient’s utilization rate may lead to hyperglycemia, coma and death. Monitor blood glucose levels and treat hyperglycemia to maintain optimum levels while infusing KABIVEN . Insulin may be administered or adjusted to maintain optimal blood glucose levels during KABIVEN administration.

Monitoring/Laboratory Tests

Routine Monitoring

  • Frequent clinical evaluation and laboratory determinations are necessary for proper monitoring during administration.
  • Monitor fluid status closely in patients with heart failure or pulmonary edema.
  • Monitor serum triglycerides, fluid and electrolyte status, serum osmolarity, blood glucose, liver and kidney function, and blood count, including platelet and coagulation parameters, throughout treatment. In situations of severely elevated electrolyte levels stop KABIVEN until levels have been corrected.

Essential Fatty Acids

Monitoring patients for signs and symptoms of essential fatty acid deficiency (EFAD) is recommended. Laboratory tests are available to determine serum fatty acids levels. Reference values should be consulted to help determine adequacy of essential fatty acid status. Increasing essential fatty acid intake (enterally or parenterally) is effective in treating and preventing EFAD.

In KABIVEN , the mean composition of linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid) is 21 mg/mL (range 19 to 23 mg/mL) and alphalinolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid) is 2.6 mg/mL (range 2.0 to 4.3 mg/mL). There are insufficient longterm data to determine whether KABIVEN can supply essential fatty acids in adequate amounts in patients who may have increased requirements.

Vein Damage and Thrombosis

KABIVEN is indicated for administration into a central vein only, such as the superior vena cava. The infusion of hypertonic nutrient injections into a peripheral vein may result in vein irritation, vein damage, and/or thrombosis.

Precipitation With Ceftriaxone

Precipitation of ceftriaxonecalcium can occur when ceftriaxone is mixed with calciumcontaining parenteral nutrition solutions, such as KABIVEN in the same intravenous administration line. Ceftriaxone must not be administered simultaneously with KABIVEN via a Y-site. However, ceftriaxone and KABIVEN may be administered sequentially if the infusion lines are thoroughly flushed between infusions with a compatible fluid [see Dosing and Administration].

Hepatobiliary Disorders

Hepatobiliary disorders are known to develop in some patients without preexisting liver disease who receive parenteral nutrition, including cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, cholestasis, hepatic steatosis, fibrosis and cirrhosis, possibly leading to hepatic failure. The etiology of these disorders is thought to be multifactorial and may differ between patients.

Increase of blood ammonia levels and hyperammonemia may occur in patients receiving amino acid solutions. In some patients this may indicate hepatic insufficiency or the presence of an inborn error of amino acid metabolism [see Contraindications] or hepatic insufficiency.

Monitor liver function parameters and ammonia. Patients developing signs of hepatobiliary disorders should be assessed early by a clinician knowledgeable in liver diseases in order to identify causative and contributory factors, and possible therapeutic and prophylactic interventions.

Electrolyte and Fluid Imbalance in Renal Impairment

Patients with renal impairment, such as prerenal azotemia, renal obstruction and proteinlosing nephropathy may be at increased risk of electrolyte and fluid volume imbalance. KABIVEN should be used with caution in patients with renal impairment. KABIVEN dosage may require adjustment with specific attention to fluid, protein and electrolyte content in these patients.

Monitor renal function parameters. Patients developing signs of renal impairment should be assessed early by a clinician knowledgeable in renal disease in order to determine the appropriate KABIVEN dosage and other treatment options.


To evaluate the patient’s capacity to eliminate and metabolize the infused lipid emulsion, measure serum triglycerides before the start of infusion (baseline value), with each increase in dosage, and regularly throughout treatment.

Reduce dose of KABIVEN and monitor serum triglyceride levels in patients with serum triglyceride concentrations above 400 mg/dL to avoid the clinical consequences associated with hypertriglyceridemia. Serum triglyceride levels above 1,000 mg/dL have been associated with an increased risk of pancreatitis.

Impaired lipid metabolism with hypertriglyceridemia may occur in conditions such as inherited lipid disorders, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome. In these cases, increased triglycerides can also be increased by dextrose and/or overfeeding. Monitor overall energy intake and other sources of lipid and dextrose, as well as drugs that may interfere with lipid and dextrose metabolism.

Aluminum Toxicity

KABIVEN contains no more than 25 mcg/L of aluminum.

The aluminum contained in KABIVEN may reach toxic levels with prolonged parenteral administration in patients with impaired kidney function. Preterm infants are at greater risk because their kidneys are immature, and they require large amounts of calcium and phosphate solutions that contain aluminum. Patients with impaired kidney function, including preterm infants, who receive parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 mcg/kg/day, accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration of total parenteral nutrition products.

Interference With Laboratory Tests

High levels of lipids in plasma may interfere with some laboratory blood tests such as hemoglobin, triglycerides, bilirubin, LDH, and oxygen saturation, if blood is sampled before lipid has been cleared from the bloodstream. Lipids are normally cleared after a lipidfree interval of 5 to 6 hours in most patients.

KABIVEN contains Vitamin K1 which may interfere with anticoagulant activity [see Drug Interactions].

Risk of Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease

Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease (PNALD) has been reported in patients who receive parenteral nutrition for extended periods of time, especially preterm infants, and can present as cholestasis or steatohepatitis. The exact etiology is unknown and is likely multifactorial. Intravenously administered phytosterols (plant sterols) contained in plantderived lipid formulations have been associated with development of PNALD although a causal relationship has not been established. If KABIVEN treated patients develop liver test abnormalities consider discontinuation or dosage reduction.

Adverse Reactions

The following serious adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the prescribing information.

  • Hypersensitivity reactions [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Infections [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Fat overload syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Refeeding Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Diabetes/Hyperglycemia [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Vein damage and thrombosis [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Hepatobiliary disorders [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Renal impairment [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Hypertriglyceridemia [see Warnings and Precautions]
  • Aluminum toxicity [see Warnings and Precautions]

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The clinical data described for KABIVEN reflects exposure in 145 patients exposed for 7 days to 4 weeks in 7 activecontrolled trials. The pooled population exposed to KABIVEN was 25 to 87 years old, 35% female, 99% Caucasian. The enrolled patients had varied underlying conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders (41%) neoplasms (48%), vascular disorders (35%) and other surgical procedures (21%). Most patients received central intravenous infusion doses of ≥80% of their target mean daily exposure.

Adverse reactions occurring in at least 1% of patients who received KABIVEN are shown in Table 3.

Table 3: Adverse Reactions in >1% of Patients Treated with KABIVEN
Adverse reaction KABIVEN
N=145 (%)
Nausea 22(15)
Pyrexia 13(9)
Hypertension 12(8)
Vomiting 8(6)
Hemoglobin decreased 8(6)
Protein total decreased 6(4)
Hypokalemia 6(4)
Blood potassium decreased 6(4)
Gammaglutamyltransferase increased 6(4)
Hyperglycemia 3(2)
Blood alkaline phosphatase increased 2(1)
Blood calcium decreased 2(1)
Prothrombin time prolonged 2(1)
Pruritus 2(1)
Tachycardia 2(1)

* Terms as reported in clinical studies

Less common adverse reactions in ≤1% of patients who received KABIVEN were hyperkalemia, hypertriglyceridemia, headache, dizziness, dysgeusia, rash, eczema, blood glucose increased, and increase in blood triglycerides.

Post-Marketing Experience

The following additional adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of KABIVEN in countries where it is registered. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to product exposure.

  • Hepatobiliary disorders: cholestasis
  • Infections and infestations: infection
  • Nervous system disorders: subependymal hemorrhage

Drug Interactions

Coumarin and Coumarin Derivatives

The soybean oil present in KABIVEN has vitamin K1. Vitamin K1 can reverse the anticoagulant activity of coumarin and coumarin derivatives, including warfarin, which works by blocking recycling of vitamin K1. Monitor laboratory parameters for anticoagulant activity in patients who are on both KABIVEN and coumarin or coumarin derivatives.

Use in Specific Populations


Pregnancy Category C

Risk Summary

There are no adequate or wellcontrolled studies in pregnant women with KABIVEN . Additionally, animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with lipid injectable emulsion with amino acids and electrolytes and dextrose. It is not known whether KABIVEN can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. KABIVEN should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Clinical Considerations

Based on clinical practice guidelines, parenteral nutrition should be considered in cases of severe maternal malnutrition where nutritional requirements cannot be fulfilled by oral food intake because of the risks to the fetus associated with severe malnutrition, such as preterm delivery, low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction, congenital malformations and perinatal mortality.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether KABIVEN is present in human milk. Because many drugs are present in human milk, caution should be exercised when KABIVEN is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of KABIVEN in pediatric patients has not been established.

Deaths in preterm infants after infusion of intravenous lipid emulsion have been reported [see Warnings and Precautions]. Patients, particularly preterm infants, are at risk for aluminum toxicity [see Warnings and Precautions].

KABIVEN is not recommended for use in pediatric patients under the age of two years, including preterm infants, as the fixed content of the formulation does not meet the nutritional requirements of this age group due to the following reasons:

  1. Calcium and dextrose needs are not met and lipids, protein and magnesium exceed requirements.
  2. The product does not contain the amino acids cysteine and taurine, considered conditionally essential for neonates and infants.

Patients, including pediatric patients, may be at risk for PNALD [see Warnings and Precautions].

Newborns – especially those born premature and with low birth weight – are at increased risk of developing hypo – or hyperglycemia and therefore need close monitoring during treatment with intravenous dextrose solutions to ensure adequate glycemic control in order to avoid potential long term adverse effects.

Hypoglycemia in the newborn can cause prolonged seizures, coma and brain damage. Hyperglycemia has been associated with intraventricular hemorrhage, late onset bacterial and fungal infection, retinopathy of prematurity, necrotizing enterocolitis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, prolonged length of hospital stay, and death.

Geriatric Use

Clinical studies of KABIVEN did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from other younger patients. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or drug therapy.

Hepatic Impairment

In patients with impaired liver function KABIVEN should be administrated with caution. Frequent clinical evaluation and laboratory tests to monitor liver function such as bilirubin and liver function parameters should be conducted [see Warnings and Precautions].

Renal Impairment

In patients with impaired renal function, KABIVEN should be administered with caution. Frequent clinical evaluation and laboratory tests to monitor renal function such as serum electrolytes (especially phosphate and potassium) and fluid balance should be conducted [see Dosage and Administration and Warnings and Precautions].


In the event of overdose, fat overload syndrome may result [see Warnings and Precautions]. Stop the infusion of KABIVEN to allow lipids to clear from serum.The effects are usually reversible after the lipid infusion is stopped. If medically appropriate, further intervention may be indicated. The lipid administered and fatty acids produced are not dialyzable.

How Supplied/Storage and Handling

KABIVEN is a sterile emulsion available in the following 4 sizes:

NDC Volume
6332371225 2,566 mL
6332371220 2,053 mL
6332371215 1,540 mL
6332371210 1,026 mL

Exposure of pharmaceutical products to heat should be minimized. Avoid excessive heat. Protect from freezing. If accidentally frozen, discard the bag. It is recommended that the product be stored at 20º to 25°C (68º to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Do not remove container from overpouch until intended for use. After breaking the vertical seals, chemical and physical inuse stability of the mixed three chamber bag has been demonstrated for 24 hours at 25°C (77°F).

The product should be used immediately after mixing and the introduction of additives. If not used immediately, the storage time and conditions prior to use should not be longer than 24 hours at 2° to 8°C (36º to 46°F). After removal from storage at 2° to 8°C (36º to 46°F), the admixture should be infused within 24 hours. Any mixture remaining must be discarded.

Patient Counseling Information

To ensure the safe and effective use of KABIVEN, this information should be discussed with the patient.

Inform patients of the following:

  • KABIVEN is given by infusion through a central vein catheter only.
  • Allergic reactions to KABIVEN may occur.
  • There is a risk of infection and sepsis associated with formulations administered intravenously.
  • KABIVEN may cause adverse reactions such as nausea and vomiting, excess fat (lipids) in the blood, high blood sugar, abnormally increased transaminase and bilirubin, or abnormally high or low blood electrolyte levels.
  • Contact their healthcare provider if they develop symptoms of an allergic reaction, infection, high blood sugar, low blood sugar, nausea, vomiting, or fluid retention occurs.
  • Have periodic laboratory tests and routinely followup with their healthcare provider.
  • Inform their healthcare provider about any changes in prescription or over the counter medications and supplements to avoid potential drug interactions and side effects.

When patients selfadminister KABIVEN injection at home, inform patients of the following:

  • Patients and/or caregiver must be trained in how to inspect, activate and administer KABIVEN.
  • Follow the KABIVEN inspection, activation and administration instructions provided by their home care provider, and Prescribing Information [see Dosing and Administration].
  • Do not deviate from the administration instructions given by the healthcare provider
  • Inspect KABIVEN before using for evidence of damage, particulate matter, and/or discoloration.
  • Discard the bag in the following situations:
    • Evidence of damage to the bag
    • More than one chamber is white
    • Solution is yellow
    • Any seal is already broken
  • Prior to activation, store KABIVEN between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
  • Activate bag just prior to use or refrigerate activated bag at 2º to 8°C (36º to 46°F) for up to 24 hours. Discard any unused portion.
  • After activation and prior to administration carefully inspect bag for separation of the lipid emulsion, which can be visibly identified by a yellowish streaking or the accumulation of yellowish droplets in the mixed emulsion. Discard the bag if this occurs.

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Uppsala, Sweden