Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Prophylaxis of uterine atony and excessive bleeding after caesarean section
Adult: 100 mcg as a single dose via bolus inj slowly over 1 min, given after delivery of infant (preferably before removal of placenta).
Renal Impairment
Hepatic Impairment
Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, severe CV disease, epilepsy. Admin prior to delivery, including induction of labour (elective or medical). Hepatic and renal impairment. Pregnancy.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ asthma, migraine, CV disease, hyponatraemia. Lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Headache, dizziness, tremor, anxiety; tachycardia, hypotension, flushing, sweating; dyspnoea, pruritus; chest and back pain, chills, feeling of warmth; nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, metallic taste; anaemia.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor for persistent postpartum bleeding and BP.
Symptoms: Uterine hyperactivity and rupture, postpartum haemorrhage, hyponatraemia, water intoxication. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment. Provide oxygen to the patient. Restrict fluid intake, promote diuresis, correct electrolyte imbalance, and control convulsion in case of water intoxication.
Drug Interactions
Potentiated effect w/ prostaglandins. Enhanced hypotensive effect w/ inhalational anaesthetics (e.g. halothane). May cause severe HTN w/ vasoconstrictors in conjunction w/ caudal-block anaesthesia. May enhance BP w/ ergot alkaloids (e.g. methylergometrine).
Description: Carbetocin is a synthetic analogue of oxytocin w/ a longer duration of action. It selectively binds to oxytocin receptors in the uterine smooth muscle, stimulating rhythmic uterine contractions and increasing both the frequency of existing contractions and uterine tone. Additionally, it enhances uterine involution early in postpartum.
Onset: W/in 2 min.
Duration: Approx 1 hr.
Absorption: Time to peak plasma concentration: W/in 1 hr.
Distribution: Enters breast milk (small amount).
Excretion: Via urine (<1% as unchanged drug). Terminal elimination half-life: Approx 40 min.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Carbetocin, CID=16681432, (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store between 2-8°C. Do not freeze.
ATC Classification
H01BB03 - carbetocin ; Belongs to the class of oxytocin and analogues. Used in posterior pituitary lobe hormone preparations.
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