What is Hypertonic Saline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: MucoClear


See also: MucoClear

Hypertonic saline is used for intravenous administration for hyponatremia (low sodium in blood; it is used via mist to restore moisture; loosens and thins congestion caused by colds or allergies; and for wound cleaning and irrigation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Cystic fibrosis 19 5
Excess mucus 4 1
Bronchiectasis 2 1
Asthma 1 0
Psychosis disorder 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 1
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hypertonic Saline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Cough 1
Excess mucus 1
Headaches 1
Ineffective cough 1
Rhinitis (nasal inflammation) 1

Why patients stopped taking Hypertonic Saline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 1
See 1 patient who's stopped taking Hypertonic Saline


Stopped taking Hypertonic Saline

Duration Patients Percentage
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 5
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hypertonic Saline after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
N-Acetylcysteine NAC (GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine) 1

Patients stopped taking Hypertonic Saline and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Dornase alfa (Pulmozyme) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Hypertonic Saline.