Brands of Pethidine in Kenya
Pethidine, Macarthys Laboratories Ltd T/a Martindale Pharmaceuticals
Pethidine HCl Fresenius PF, Fresenius Kabi Manufacturing SA (Pty) Limited
Relief of moderate to severe pain.
Enhancement of analgesia
For moderate or severe pain.
Normal single dose (usually not to be repeated more often than 4 hourly)
By intramuscular or subcutaneous injection
By slow intravenous injection
25 – 100 mg.
25 – 50 mg.
For obstetric analgesia.
By intramuscular or subcutaneous injection repeated 1 – 3 hours later. 50 – 100 mg.
Maximum of 400mg in 24 hours.
As a premedication.
By intramuscular injection one hour prior to the operation. 50 – 100mg
For the enhancement of analgesia.
By slow intravenous injection. 10 – 25mg as required.
Elderly or debilitated patients.
Initial doses should not exceed 25mg as this group of patients may be specially sensitive to the central depressant effect of the drug.
For moderate or severe pain.
By intramuscular injection. 0.5 – 2 mg per Kg of body weight.
As a premedication.
By intramuscular injection one hour prior to the operation. 1 – 2 mg per kg of body weight.
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients.
Severe respiratory depression, severe obstructive airways disease or acute asthma.
It should not be administered to patients with severe renal impairment or severe hepatic impairment.
Should be avoided in patients with acute alcoholism, delirium tremens, raised intracranial pressure or in those with convulsive states such as status epilepticus.
It should not be administered to patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors ( including moclobemide, and the monoamine B inhibitors selegiline and rasagiline) or within two weeks of their withdrawal.
Pethidine should not be administered to patients receiving ritonavir.
Use of pethidine should be avoided in patients with supraventricular tachycardia.
Use of pethidine in patients with phaechromocytoma may result in hypertensive crisis.
Use of pethidine should be avoided in patients with diabetic acidosis where there is danger of coma.
In comatose patients
In patients with a risk of paralytic ileus
In patients with head injuries.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
The concurrent use of MAOIs (including moclobemide) is contra-indicated as they may result in CNS excitation or depression.
Pethidine should not be administered to patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors or moclobemide or within two weeks of their withdrawal .
CNS depressants such as alcohol, hypnotics, anxiolytics and sedatives, barbiturates and tricyclic antidepressants may increase the general depressant effects of pethidine and should therefore be used with caution.
Additive effects on CNS depression, respiratory depression and hypotension can occur with concomitant use of opioid agonist analgesics.
Concomitant use of MAO-B inhibitors such as selegiline or rasagiline is contraindicated as this may lead to hyperpyrexia and CNS toxicity.
Rasagiline should not be given with pethidine as there is risk of CNS toxicity, its use should be avoided for two weeks after taking rasagiline.
Administration of phenytoin may cause an increase in hepatic metabolism of pethidine and subsequently increased levels of norpethidine (a toxic metabolite).
Concomitant use of phenothiazines and pethidine can induce severe hypotension.
Plasma concentrations of pethidine may be decreased by concomitant administration of ritonavir, however levels of norpethidine (a toxic metabolite) may rise. Concomitant administration of ritonavir and pethidine should be avoided .
Histamine H2 antagonists
Cimetidine can reduce the metabolism of pethidine resulting in increased plasma concentration.
Effects of pethidine on other drugs
Pethidine may have an effect on the activities of other drugs, for example domperidone, as a consequence of reduced gastro-intestinal motility.
The plasma levels of ciprofloxacin may be reduced in the presence of opiate premedicants.
Plasma levels of mexiletine may also be reduced in the presence of opioid analgesics.
Possible increased serotonergic effects when pethidine is given with SSRI’s.
Sedative medicines such as benzodiazepines or related drugs:
The concomitant use of opioids with sedative medicines such as benzodiazepines or related drugs increases the risk of sedation, respiratory depression, coma and death because of additive CNS depressant effect. The dose and duration of concomitant use should be limited
The most serious adverse effects of pethidine are respiratory depression and hypotension. Rapid intravenous administration of pethidine increases the incidence of these effects and may result in serious respiratory depression and hypotension with tachycardia.
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Clinical | Pharmacokinetic data
Pregnancy Category: C
Routes of Administration: By mouth, IV, IM, IT,SC, epidural
Bioavailability: 50–60% (Oral), 80–90% (Oral, in cases of hepatic impairment)
Protein Binding: 65–75%
Onset of Action: Not Available
Elimination Half life: 2.5–4 hours, 7–11 hours (liver disease)
Legal Status | Dosage forms & Strengths
Prescription only Medicine (POM) , ℞-only
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control ) Act Schedule:
This drug is not a controlled substance under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control ) Act
Dosage Forms | Strengths:
Tablets | Injectable
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- PPB Drugs Retention Register
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- Olofsson, Ch, et al. “Lack of analgesic effect of systemically administered morphine or pethidine on labour pain.” BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 103.10 (1996): 968-972.