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By breathing: Used to dilute asthma medicine for nebulization.

By injection: Replenishes lost water and salt in your body. Also used to dilute medicines injected into your veins.

Ophthalmic route: Hypertonic sodium chloride solution for the eye is used to draw water out of a swollen cornea.

By mouth: Helps prevent heat cramps caused by heavy sweating. Also used to prepare sodium chloride solution.

Into the nose: Treats dryness and congestion in the nose.

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