Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Spinal anaesthesia
Adult: For short term surgical procedures: 40-60 mg (as a 2% solution). Max: 80 mg.

Intravenous regional anaesthesia
Adult: As 0.5% solution: 200-300 mg.
Elderly: Dosage reduction may be necessary.

Epidural anaesthesia
Adult: Lumbar epidural: 300 mg (as 1% solution) or 300-500 mg (as 2% solution); Thoracic epidural: 100-300 mg (as 1% solution) or 200-300 mg (as 2% solution). Caudal epidural: 200-300 mg (as 1% solution) or 300-500 mg (as 2% solution).
Elderly: Dosage reduction may be necessary.
Child: >6 months Caudal epidural: 5 mg/kg (as 1% solution).

Local anaesthesia
Adult: Local infiltration: ≤500 mg (as 0.5 or 1% solution). Dental infiltration: 40-80 mg (as 4% solution). Max: <70 kg: 8 mg/kg; ≥70 kg: 600mg.
Elderly: Dosage reduction may be necessary.

Peripheral nerve block
Adult: Brachial plexus block: 300-500 mg (as 1% solution). Sciatic block: 300-400 mg (as 2% solution). Femoral, obturator and lateral cutaneous block: 300-400 mg (as 1% solution). Digital block: 10-50 mg (as 1% solution). Intercostal nerve block: 20-50 mg (as 1% solution). Paravertebral: 30-50 mg (as 1% solution). Retrobulbar: 80 mg (as 2% solution). Peribulbar: 100-150 mg (as 1% solution). Dental block: 40-80 mg (as 4% solution). Max: <70 kg: 8 mg/kg; ≥70 kg: 600mg.
Elderly: Dosage reduction may be necessary.
Renal Impairment
Dosage reduction may be necessary.
Hepatic Impairment
Dosage reduction may be necessary.
May cause precipitation with alkaline solutions.
Hypersensitivity. Congenital or idiopathic methaemoglobinaemia, serious cardiac conduction problem, severe anaemia, cardiogenic and hypovolemic shock. Sepsis in administration site. Children <6 months (as 2% solution).
Special Precautions
Patient with anaemia, CV disorders (e.g. arteriosclerosis, hypo-/hypertension, bradycardia, cardiac impairment or block), neurological or neuromuscular disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis, hemiplegia, paraplegia), diabetes mellitus, respiratory impairment, familial malignant hyperthermia, G6PD, porphyria; debilitations. Renal and hepatic impairment. Elderly, children. Pregnancy and lactation. Not intended for paracervical and pudendal blocks in an obstetric patient; post-operative intra-articular continuous infusion.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Methaemoglobinaemia, cardiovascular reactions (e.g. hypotension, bradycardia), porphyria; temporary blindness, convulsion (with retrobulbar block); ocular muscle dysfunction (with retro-/peri-bulbar blocks); rarely, cardiovascular and respiratory depression.
Ear and labyrinth disorders: Tinnitus.
Eye disorders: Blurred vision.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, vomiting.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Muscle weakness, back pain.
Nervous system disorders: Drowsiness, disorientation, dizziness, paraesthesia.
Vascular disorders: Hypertension.
Potentially Fatal: Rarely, hypersensitivity reactions.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may impair locomotion and alertness, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Symptoms: CNS toxicity including paraesthesia in the areas of the mouth and tongue, light-headedness, hearing problems (e.g. tinnitus), visual problems, abnormal muscular contractions, unconsciousness, generalised convulsions, hypoxia, hypercapnia; CV toxicity including hypotension, bradycardia, arrhythmia, cardiac arrest; methaemoglobinaemia. Management: Provide respiratory support (e.g. oxygenation, ventilation). Manage generalised convulsions with an anticonvulsant agent; cardiac arrest by cardiopulmonary resuscitation and provision of circulatory support; CV depression (manifested by hypotension, bradycardia) with IV fluids and vasopressor, chronotropic and/or inotropic agents; methaemoglobinaemia with IV 1% methylene blue.
Drug Interactions
Increased cardiac related reactions with antiarrhythmic agents (e.g. amiodarone). Increased risk of methaemoglobinaemia with sulfonamides, antimalarials (e.g. chloroquine), certain nitric compounds (e.g. sodium nitroprussiate).
Mechanism of Action: Prilocaine is an amide type local anaesthetic. It selectively binds to the intracellular surface of Na channels and reversibly inhibits influx of Na along nerve fibres thereby, preventing depolarization and conduction of nerve impulses. As a result, it decreases perception of pain, cold, heat, pressure and touch.
Onset: As 4% solution: Infiltration: <2 minutes. Inferior alveolar nerve block: <3 minutes.
Duration: As 2% solution: Peripheral nerve block: Up to 4 hours. Epidural block: 1.5-2 hours. As 4% solution: Infiltration: Approx 20 minutes. Inferior alveolar nerve block: Approx 2.5 hours.
Distribution: Crosses the placenta and the blood-brain barrier; enters breast milk. Apparent volume of distribution: 190-260 L. Plasma protein binding: 40-55% to α1 acid glycoprotein.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver and to a lesser extent, in the kidney by amidases via amide hydrolysis into O-toluidine and N-propylalanine; may be further metabolised via ring hydroxylation (e.g. O-toluidine into 2-amino-3-hydroxytoluene and 2-amino-5-hydroxytoluene).
Excretion: Via urine (as O-toluidine metabolite; <5% as unchanged drug). Terminal elimination half-life: 1.6 hours.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Prilocaine, CID=4906, (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Anaesthetics - Local & General
ATC Classification
N01BB04 - prilocaine ; Belongs to the class of amides. Used as local anesthetics.
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