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MARCAINE - VIAL Description (bupivacaine hydrochloride injection, USP - VIAL)

11 DESCRIPTION

MARCAINE / MARCAINE WITH EPINEPHRINE contains bupivacaine hydrochloride, an amide local anesthetic, as the active pharmaceutical ingredient. The route of administration for MARCAINE (without epinephrine) is by injection, for infiltration, perineural, caudal, epidural, or retrobulbar use. The route of administration for MARCAINE WITH EPINEPHRINE is by injection, for infiltration, perineural, caudal, or epidural use. Multiple-dose vials contain methylparaben [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

Bupivacaine hydrochloride is 2-piperidinecarboxamide, 1-butyl-N-(2,6-dimethylphenyl)-, monohydrochloride, monohydrate. It is a white crystalline powder that is freely soluble in 95 percent ethanol, soluble in water, and slightly soluble in chloroform or acetone. It has the following structural formula:

Chemical Structure

MARCAINE with 1:200,000 epinephrine, contains bupivacaine hydrochloride and epinephrine bitartrate (an alpha and beta-adrenergic agonist) as active pharmaceutical ingredients. This product is for injection via local infiltration, peripheral nerve block, and caudal and lumbar epidural blocks. Multiple dose vials contain methylparaben and they should not be used for caudal and lumbar epidural blocks.

Epinephrine bitartrate is (–) - 3,4-Dihydroxy-α-[(methylamino)methyl] benzyl alcohol (+)-tartrate (1:1) salt. Epinephrine is a vasoconstrictor. It has the following structural formula:

Chemical Structure

MARCAINE (bupivacaine hydrochloride) is a clear and colorless sterile isotonic solution. Each mL of single-dose vial contains 2.5 mg, 5 mg or 7.5 mg of bupivacaine hydrochloride (equivalent to 2.22 mg, 4.44 mg or 6.66 mg of bupivacaine, respectively), sodium chloride for isotonicity, sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid to adjust the pH between 4 and 6.5, in water for injection.

For the Multiple-dose vials, each mL also contains 1 mg methylparaben as preservative.

MARCAINE with epinephrine 1:200,000 (as bitartrate) is a clear and colorless sterile isotonic solution. Each mL contains 2.5 mg or 5 mg bupivacaine hydrochloride (equivalent to 2.22 mg or 4.44 mg of bupivacaine, respectively), and 0.0091 mg epinephrine bitartrate (equivalent to 0.005 mg of epinephrine), with sodium chloride for isotonicity, 0.5 mg sodium metabisulfite, 0.001 mL monothioglycerol, and 2 mg ascorbic acid as antioxidants, 0.0017 mL 60% sodium lactate buffer, and 0.1 mg edetate calcium disodium as stabilizer. The pH of these solutions is adjusted to between 3.4 and 4.5 with sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid.

For the Multiple-dose vials, each mL also contains 1 mg methylparaben as preservative.

The specific gravity of MARCAINE 0.5% with epinephrine 1:200,000 (as bitartrate) at 25°C is 1.008 and at 37°C is 1.008.

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