Medically reviewed on August 12, 2018
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- Tris Buffer
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling. [DSC] = Discontinued product
Tham: 30 mEq/100 mL (500 mL [DSC])
Brand Names: U.S.
- Tham [DSC]
- Alkalinizing Agent, Parenteral
Acts as a proton acceptor, which combines with hydrogen ions, liberating bicarbonate buffer, to correct acidosis. It buffers both metabolic and respiratory acids, limiting carbon dioxide generation. Also an osmotic diuretic.
30% of dose is not ionized
Distributes quickly into extracellular space; at steady state distributes into a volume slightly greater than total body water; penetrates slowly intracellularly
Urine (>75%) within 8 hours
Use: Labeled Indications
Correction of metabolic acidosis associated with cardiac bypass surgery or cardiac arrest; to correct excess acidity of stored blood that is preserved with acid citrate dextrose (ACD); indicated in infants needing alkalinization after receiving maximum sodium bicarbonate (8-10 mEq/kg/24 hours)
Hypersensitivity to tromethamine or any component of the formulation; uremia or anuria; chronic respiratory acidosis (neonates); salicylate intoxication (neonates)
Note: Tham solution is no longer available in the US.
Dose depends on buffer base deficit; when deficit is known: tromethamine (mL of 0.3 molar [M] solution) = body weight (kg) x base deficit (mEq/L) x 1.1
Metabolic acidosis with cardiac arrest:
IV: 3.6 to 10.8 g (111 to 333 mL of 0.3 M solution); additional amounts may be required to control acidosis after arrest reversed
Open chest: Intraventricular: 2 to 6 g (62 to 185 mL of 0.3 M solution). Note: Do not inject into cardiac muscle
Acidosis associated with cardiac bypass surgery: IV: Average dose: 9 mL/kg of 0.3 M solution (2.7 mEq/kg); 500 mL is adequate for most adults; maximum dose: 500 mg/kg over at least 1 hour
Excess acidity of acid citrate dextrose (ACD) blood in cardiac bypass surgery: 15 to 77 mL of 0.3 M solution added to each 500 mL of ACD blood
Refer to adult dosing.
Dosing: Renal Impairment
No dosage adjustment provided in manufacturer’s labeling. Tromethamine is substantially excreted by the kidneys; use with caution; monitor ECG and potassium levels.
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
No dosage adjustment provided in manufacturer’s labeling.
IV: Correction of metabolic acidosis in cardiac bypass surgery: Administer by slow IV infusion over at least 1 hour (maximum rate: 500 mg/kg over at least 1 hour); rapid administration may result in prolonged hypoglycemia.
Correction of ACD blood acidity in cardiac bypass surgery: Add to each 500 mL of ACD blood used to prime the pump-oxygenator.
Correction of metabolic acidosis in cardiac arrest: If chest is open, instill directly into ventricular cavity; do NOT inject into cardiac muscle. If chest is not open, inject into a large peripheral vein.
Vesicant (with IV administration); ensure proper needle or catheter placement prior to and during administration; avoid extravasation.
Extravasation management: If extravasation occurs, stop IV administration immediately and disconnect (leave cannula/needle in place); gently aspirate extravasated solution (do NOT flush the line); remove needle/cannula; elevate extremity.
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Protect from freezing.
Alpha-/Beta-Agonists (Indirect-Acting): Alkalinizing Agents may increase the serum concentration of Alpha-/Beta-Agonists (Indirect-Acting). Monitor therapy
Amantadine: Alkalinizing Agents may increase the serum concentration of Amantadine. Monitor therapy
Amphetamines: Alkalinizing Agents may decrease the excretion of Amphetamines. Consider therapy modification
Flecainide: Tromethamine may increase the serum concentration of Flecainide. Monitor therapy
Mecamylamine: Alkalinizing Agents may increase the serum concentration of Mecamylamine. Monitor therapy
Memantine: Alkalinizing Agents may increase the serum concentration of Memantine. Monitor therapy
QuiNINE: Alkalinizing Agents may increase the serum concentration of QuiNINE. Monitor therapy
Frequency not defined.
Cardiovascular: Localized phlebitis, venospasm
Endocrine & metabolic: Hyperkalemia, hypervolemia, hypoglycemia (usually doses >500 mg/kg administered over <1 hour)
Hepatic: Hepatic necrosis (resulted during delivery via umbilical venous catheter)
Local: Local irritation
Respiratory: Apnea, pulmonary edema, respiratory depression
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Extravasation: Vesicant; ensure proper needle or catheter placement prior to and during administration; avoid extravasation. May cause tissue inflammation and necrosis.
• Hypoglycemia: May cause hypoglycemia with extremely large doses.
• Respiratory depression: May cause respiratory depression; monitor closely especially if patient not intubated.
• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with renal impairment; reduce dose and monitor pH carefully.
• Duration of therapy: Drug should not be given for a period of longer than 24 hours unless for a life-threatening situation.
Serum electrolytes (especially potassium, blood glucose); renal function, arterial blood gases, ECG monitoring, fluid status, ventilation rate
Check infusion site frequently during administration.
Pregnancy Risk Factor
Animal studies have not been conducted. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Use only if potential benefit outweighs possible risk to the fetus.
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