3 Fast Facts to Know About Bacteriostatic Water

There are many varieties of alkaline, spring, and filtered “designer” waters in our local grocery stores. All of them have their qualities that make them drinkable and desirable for your health. There is one type of water, however, that you definitely WON’T find in the drinkable water section: bacteriostatic water.

Bacteriostat-a-WHAT?!?!?!?!

No, this isn’t some sort of all-powerful liquid consumed by comic book superheroes, but knowledge of its strengths, weaknesses, and potential to aid in your road to recovery and better health are worth delving further into. Check out these 3 fast facts to know about bacteriostatic water:

1. It isn’t drinkable in large quantities.
Bacteriostatic water, also known as “water for injection,” is water that has been sterilized with 0.9% benzyl alcohol. The addition benzyl alcohol suppresses the growth of most forms of bacteria and other contaminants in the water. In short, it sterilizes the bacteria. Benzyl alcohol, consumed in large doses, can cause respiratory irritation.

2. It’s mainly used in the medical field to aid drug injections.
Bacteriostatic water is usually administered either intravenously (into a vein), intramuscularly (into a muscle), or subcutaneously (under the skin). It is sometimes used to dilute the potency of drugs, rendering them more suitable for human consumption. Bacteriostatic water also doesn’t react negatively with most medicines. The sterilant is also coveted for its ability to withstand multiple uses from the same container, albeit with different, sterile needles, enhancing its practicality.

3. Misuse of bacteriostatic water can possibly bring about life-threatening consequences.
You must take precaution when administering bacteriostatic water, especially to yourself. Large doses can result in mild reactions, such as tenderness at the injection site, or a fever, to severe reactions such as necrosis (tissue death), or even hemolysis, the destruction of red blood cells. It’s highly recommended that babies not receive any amount of the water. As with any medications, you should consult with your doctor about its pros and cons before you receive any dosage. It’s imperative to make sure the bacteriostatic water won’t react to any medication you’re already taking.

Bacteriostatic water is a simple concoction that can help deliver many health benefits if used correctly. You don’t have to be an expert in the field to understand its importance. This water may never don the seductive wrapping of your favorite bottled water, and it definitely won’t conjure up the same exciting images as the most popular drinks.

And no, you won’t be able to zap anyone with static electricity after drinking it.