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Nipride RTU Dosage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on July 10, 2020.

Generic name: SODIUM NITROPRUSSIDE 0.5mg in 1mL
Dosage form: solution, concentrate


Inspect parenteral drug products for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit. Sodium nitroprusside should be a clear colorless to red/brown color; do not use if solution is blue, green, or bright red.


Continuously monitor blood pressure in patients receiving sodium nitroprusside. Start infusion of sodium nitroprusside at a rate of 0.3 mcg/kg/min. Evaluate blood pressure for at least 5 minutes before titrating to a higher or lower dose to achieve the desired blood pressure. The dose may be titrated upward until:

the desired effect is achieved,
systemic blood pressure cannot be further reduced without compromising the perfusion of vital organs, or
the maximum recommended infusion rate of 10 mcg/kg/min has been reached, whichever occurs first.

In patients with eGFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m2, limit the mean infusion rate to less than 3 mcg/kg/min. In anuric patients, limit the mean infusion rate to 1 mcg/kg/min.


Do not administer other drugs in the same solution with sodium nitroprusside.

Sodium nitroprusside must be delivered by a volumetric infusion pump because small variations in infusion rate can lead to wide, undesirable variations in blood pressure [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.2)].

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