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A banana bag (or rally pack) is a bag of IV fluids containing vitamins and minerals. The bags typically contain thiamine, folic acid, and 3 grams of magnesium sulfate, and are usually used to replenish nutritional deficiencies or correct a chemical imbalance in the human body.

The multi-vitamin solution used is yellow in color; this ingredient makes the fluid yellow, hence the term "banana bag".[1]



The typical composition of a banana bag is 1 litre of dextrose 5% and normal saline with:

  • Thiamine 100 mg
  • Folic acid 1 mg
  • MVI 1 amp
  • 3 grams of magnesium sulfate

The solution is typically infused over four to eight hours.


Banana bags are most often used in ICUs and CCUs to correct acute magnesium deficiencies. They are extremely beneficial for the sick and dying (cancer, etc.) because magnesium mitigates nerve pain and muscle pain/cramps and helps detoxify the liver and kidneys (increasing drug benefits and reducing drug adverse effects).

They are commonly used for alcoholics who need thiamine to prevent Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and magnesium to reverse dementia symptoms.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Jeffrey E Kelsey, D Jeffrey Newport, and Charles B Nemeroff (2006). "Alcohol Use Disorders". Principles of Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals. Wiley-Interscience. pp. 196–197. ISBN 9780471794622.  
  2. ^ Merle A. Carter and Edward Bernstein (2005). "Acute and Chronic Alcohol Intoxication". in Elizabeth Mitchell and Ron Medzon. Introduction to Emergency Medicine. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 272. ISBN 9780781732000.  


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