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Visco-3 (Sodium Hyaluronate)


Visco-3 (Sodium Hyaluronate)

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  • Product Details


    Visco-3 (sodium hyaluronate) is a sterile solution for the treatment of knee pain due to osteoarthritis in patients whose pain was not well-controlled with conservative treatments or simple pain relievers.

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    Chemical Name

    Sodium Hyaluronate

    Elimination half-life

    17 hours to 1.5 days

    Dosage (Strength)

    24 mg/3ml 6 ml 2x3ml


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    Visco-3 is available in 2.5 mL pre-filled syringes to be injected once a week for three weeks into the intra-articular space of the knee. Once the syringe packaging is opened, the contents of the syringe should be used right away. Each syringe is for single use only and any remainder should be discarded. 

    If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.


    Each 2.5 mL pre-filled syringe contains 25 mg of sodium hyaluronate.


    Do not use Visco-3 if you are allergic to sodium hyaluronate or any other ingredient in Visco-3.

    Do not use Visco-3 if you have a skin disease or infection at or near the injection site.


    • Before you start using Visco-3, discuss the following with your doctor:
      • Any allergies you have
      • All the medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.
      • Any health conditions you have
      • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
      • If you are nursing or plan to nurse your baby
    • Visco-3 should be administered using strict aseptic technique.
    • Visco-3 should not be used with disinfectants that contain quaternary ammonium salts for the skin. Precipitation of hyaluronate can occur.
    • Joint pain and/or swelling may occur after injecting Visco-3. 
    • It is recommended to avoid strenuous activity within at least 48 hours of using Visco-3.
    • Keep Visco-3 away from light. Store Visco-3 at temperatures below 77°F (25° C). Do not store it in the freezer.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects of Visco-3 injections include joint pain, joint swelling, and pain at the injection site.

    Contact your doctor right away if you experience any worsening or persistent side effects.


    Visco-3 Prescribing Information. Durham, NC: Bioventus LLC.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Visco-3 (Sodium Hyaluronate)

    What is Visco-3?

    Visco-3 is a brand name for an injection containing sodium hyaluronate, a naturally occurring substance found in joint fluid. It acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in healthy joints.

    What is it used for?

    Visco-3 is used to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, especially when other treatments like pain relievers or physical therapy haven't provided enough relief.

    How is it administered?

    Visco-3 is injected directly into the knee joint by a healthcare professional, typically as a series of 3 injections given one week apart.

    How long does it take to work?

    Pain relief may start within days, but it can take up to several weeks to reach its full effect.

    How long does the relief last?

    The pain relief can last for several months, though individual results may vary.

    Are there any side effects?

    Common side effects include injection site pain, swelling, and redness. More serious but rare side effects can occur, so it's important to discuss all potential risks with your doctor.

    Who should not use Visco-3?

    People with allergies to sodium hyaluronate or bird products, active infections in the knee joint, or severe knee joint problems should not use Visco-3.

    Can it be used in other joints besides the knee?

    No, Visco-3 is currently only approved for use in the knee joint.

    Is it covered by insurance?

    Insurance coverage for Visco-3 may vary depending on your plan. Check with your insurance provider for details.

    Are there any alternatives to Visco-3?

    Yes, other treatment options for knee osteoarthritis include pain relievers, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and even joint replacement surgery. Discuss all options with your doctor to determine the best approach for you.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13592

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