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Marcaine (Bupivacaine Hydrochloride) - Summary



Bupivacaine hydrochloride is a local anesthetic.

MARCAINE is indicated for the production of local or regional anesthesia or analgesia for surgery, dental and oral surgery procedures, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and for obstetrical procedures. Only the 0.25% and 0.5% concentrations are indicated for obstetrical anesthesia.
Experience with nonobstetrical surgical procedures in pregnant patients is not sufficient to recommend use of 0.75% concentration of MARCAINE in these patients.
MARCAINE is not recommended for intravenous regional anesthesia (Bier Block). See WARNINGS.
The routes of administration and indicated MARCAINE concentrations are:

Local infiltration
Peripheral nerve block
0.25% and 0.5%
Retrobulbar block
Sympathetic block
Lumbar epidural
0.25%, 0.5%, and 0.75%
(0.75% not for obstetrical anesthesia)
0.25% and 0.5%
Epidural test dose
0.5% with epinephrine 1:200,000
Dental blocks
0.5% with epinephrine 1:200,000
(See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION for additional information.)
Standard textbooks should be consulted to determine the accepted procedures and techniques for the administration of MARCAINE.

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Media Articles Related to Marcaine (Bupivacaine)

Study in mice suggests how anesthesia may fight lung infections
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2015.09.02]
In use for more than a century, inhaled anesthetics like nitrous oxide and halothane have made modern surgery possible.

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Published Studies Related to Marcaine (Bupivacaine)

Pre-emptive peritonsillar dexamethasone vs. levobupivacaine infiltration for relief of post-adenotonsillectomy pain in children: a controlled clinical study. [2014]
pediatric adenotonsillectomy patients... CONCLUSION: Peritonsillar dexamethasone infiltration was more effective than both

Intra-articular bupivacaine reduces postoperative pain and meperidine use after total hip arthroplasty: a randomized, double-blind study. [2014]
One hundred patients receiving unilateral total hip arthroplasty (THA) were randomized to receive an intra-articular injection of 300mg bupivacaine or normal saline after completion of surgery. Pain scores of the bupivacaine group were significantly lower than those of the control group the first 12hours postoperatively (all, P<0.001).

Efficiency of bupivacaine versus lidocaine and methylprednisolone versus placebo to reduce postoperative pain and swelling after surgical removal of mandibular third molars: a randomized, double-blinded, crossover clinical trial. [2013]
swelling after surgical removal of mandibular third molars... CONCLUSIONS: Bupivacaine combined with methylprednisolone reduced the

A comparison of two different doses of bupivacaine in caudal anesthesia for neonatal circumcision. A randomized clinical trial. [2013]
anesthesia... CONCLUSIONS: Low volume high concentration caudal bupivacaine provided a similar

Spinal anaesthesia for pelvic surgery: low concentrations of lignocaine and bupivacaine are effective with less adverse events. [2013]
subarachnoid block for pelvic surgeries... CONCLUSION: [corrected] For subarachnoid block for pelvic surgeries longer than

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Clinical Trials Related to Marcaine (Bupivacaine)

Marcaine Use in Laparoscopic Gynecological Surgery [Terminated]

Comparison of Standard and Minidose Spinal Anesthesia for Cesarean Section Operation Using Marcaine Spinal 0.5% Heavy [Not yet recruiting]
The objectives of this study is to test a combination of low dose local anesthetic Bupivacaine diluted in patient's CSF with lipophilic opiate Fentanyl for optimal spinal anesthesia during Cesarean Section. The dilution of Bupivacaine with CSF in our study would result in effective spinal anesthesia with relatively limited motor block, quick recovery of motor function and relatively long lasting analgesia. We expect lower incidence of side effects with this combination than with convenient dose of Bupivacaine.

2% Lidocaine Plus 0.5% Bupivacaine Versus 0.5% Bupivacaine in Brachial Block for Creation of Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula [Recruiting]

ED50 and ED95 of Intrathecal Bupivacaine With or Without Epinephrine for Total Knee Replacement Arthroplasty [Completed]
This prospective randomized double-blind dose-response study is aimed to investigate the ED50 and ED95 of intrathecal bupivacaine with or without epinephrine 100 mcg for total knee replacement arthroplasty.

Determination of the Effective Volume of 0.125% Bupivacaine-fentanyl 5mcg/mL in Labour Epidurals [Completed]
Different medications can be used as analgesics in labor epidurals. Bupivacaine is one of the most commonly used drugs for that purpose. The efficacy of a certain medication injected epidurally depends on the dose that is given. A certain dose can be administered in different concentrations, which will consequently mean different volumes. Studies have been done to determine volumes for different concentrations of bupivacaine. However, those studies fall short in the sense that this information cannot be readily applicable in clinical practice, as we don't use bupivacaine plain. The combination of bupivacaine and fentanyl or sufentanil is common practice, as it is well established that the opioids will reduce the concentration of local anesthetic required to produce optimal effect with the least side effects. This study is being planned to determine and compare the EV90 of the bupivacaine 0. 125%-fentanyl mixture for initiation of labor epidural analgesia, following the administration of the 2 different test doses (3cc of lidocaine 2% or 3cc of the bupivacaine 0. 125%-fentanyl mixture) used in our Department.

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Reports of Suspected Marcaine (Bupivacaine) Side Effects

Cardiac Arrest (8)Anaesthetic Complication (6)Respiratory Distress (5)Brain Oedema (4)Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy (4)Drug Ineffective (3)Anaphylactic Reaction (3)Pain (3)Anaphylactic Shock (3)Oedema Peripheral (3)more >>

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