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Indications and Dosage
Hypotensive states
Adult: Initially, 15-100 mg in 500 mL of NaCl 0.9% or dextrose 5% inj via infusion, adjusting the dose at least after 10 min to maintain BP. Severe shock: Initially, 0.5-5 mg via direct inj, followed by infusion of 15-100 mg in 500 mL of diluent.
Dilute w/ 500 mL of NaCl 0.9% or dextrose 5% inj.
Incompatible w/ amphotericin B, dexamethasone, prednisolone, erythromycin, hydrocortisone, methicillin, penicillin G, and thiopental.
Concurrent use w/ halogenated hydrocarbon anaesth.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ HTN, DM, heart or thyroid diseases, cirrhosis. May provoke relapse in patients w/ history of malaria.
Adverse Reactions
HTN, headache, tachycardia. Rarely, abscess formation, tissue necrosis, sloughing.
Potentially Fatal: Ventricular arrhythmia (in patient w/ Laennec’s cirrhosis).
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP.
Symptoms: Severe HTN, headache, constricting chest sensation, nausea, vomiting, euphoria, diaphoresis, pulmonary oedema, tachycardia, bradycardia, sinus arrhythmia, atrial/ventricular arrhythmia, MI, cardiac arrest, convulsion. Management: Employ gastric lavage or induce emesis if the drug is ingested. Local ice packs may delay absorption if drug is administered via IM/SC inj. α-adrenergic blockers may be useful against HTN and arrhythmia. Parenteral diazepam may be given for convulsion.
Drug Interactions
Increased action w/ MAOI and TCA. Decreased pressor effect w/ α-adrenergic blockers. May cause ectopic arrhythmia w/ digitalis.
Potentially Fatal: Halogenated hydrocarbon anaesth, particularly cyclopropane and halothane, may increase the sensitivity of myocardium to the effects catecholamines.
Description: Metaraminol is a potent sympathomimetic amine that increases both systolic and diastolic BP. It has direct actions on α- and β-adrenergic receptors causing peripheral vasoconstriction and positive inotropic effects. It also displaces norepinephrine from adrenergic stores and competitively inhibits its uptake. The overall effect is to increase cardiac output, peripheral resistance, and BP.
Onset: 1-2 min (IV); approx 10 min (IM); 5-20 min (SC).
Duration: Approx 20 min (IV); approx. 1 hr (IM).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Metaraminol, CID=5906, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store below 25˚C. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
C01CA09 - metaraminol ; Belongs to the class of adrenergic and dopaminergic cardiac stimulants excluding glycosides. Used in the treatment of hypotension.
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