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Glycopyrronium Bromide and Neostigmine Metilsulfate 0.5mg/2.5mg per ml Solution for Injection
Each 1ml of solution contains Glycopyrronium Bromide (Glycopyrrolate) 0.5mg and Neostigmine Metilsulfate 2.5mg.
Excipient with known effect:
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per 1ml essentially 'sodium free'
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
A clear and colourless sterile solution for Injection.
Reversal of residual non-depolarising (competitive) Neuromuscular block
Adults and elderly
1-2ml intravenously over a period of 10 to 30 seconds (equivalent to Glycopyrronium Bromide 0.5mg with Neostigmine Metilsulfate 2.5mg to Glycopyrronium Bromide 1mg with Neostigmine Metilsulfate 5mg). Alternatively 0.02ml/kg intravenously over a period of 10 to 30 seconds may be used, (equivalent to Glycopyrronium Bromide 0.01mg/kg with Neostigmine Metilsulfate 0.05mg/kg), dose may be repeated (total maximum 2ml)
0.02ml/kg intravenously over a period of 10 to 30 seconds (equivalent to Glycopyrronium Bromide 0.01mg/kg with Neostigmine Metilsulfate 0.05mg/kg ).
These doses may be repeated if adequate reversal of neuromuscular blockade is not achieved. Total doses in excess of 2ml are not recommended as this dose of Neostigmine may produce depolarising neuromuscular block.
Method of administration
For intravenous injection
Hypersensitivity to the Glycopyrronium Bromide or Neostigmine Metilsulfate or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
Glycopyrronium Bromide and Neostigmine Metilsulfate Injection should not be given to patients with known hypersensitivity to either of the two active ingredients or given to patients with mechanical obstruction of the gastrointestinal or urinary tracts. In addition, this product should not be given in conjunction with suxamethonium, as Neostigmine potentiates the depolarising myoneural blocking effects of this agent.
Anticholinesterase-antimuscarinic combinations such as neostigmine plus glycopyrronium should be avoided in patients with a prolonged QT interval.
Administer with caution to patients with bronchospasm (extreme caution), bradycardia, arrhythmias, recent myocardial infarction, epilepsy, hypotension, parkinsonism, vagotonia, peptic ulceration, hyperthyroidism, renal impairment or glaucoma.
Administration of anticholinesterase agents to patients with intestinal anastomoses may produce rupture of the anastomosis or leakage of intestinal contents.
Although Glycopyrronium Bromide and Neostigmine Metilsulfate Injection has been shown to have less impact on the cardiovascular system than Atropine with Neostigmine Metilsulfate, use with caution in patients with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, cardiac dysrhythmias, hypertension or thyrotoxicosis.
Quaternary ammonium compounds in large dose have been shown to block the nicotinic muscle end plate receptors. This must be evaluated prior to its administration in patients with myasthenia gravis.
Use with caution in patients with epilepsy or Parkinson's disease.
This product should be used cautiously in pyrexial patients due to inhibition of sweating.
This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23mg) per dose, i.e. essentially 'sodium free'.
Anticholinesterase drugs enhance neuromuscular transmission in voluntary and involuntary muscle in myasthenia gravis.
Non-depolarizing neuromuscular block induced by the muscle relaxants used in anesthesia; neuromuscular block induced by aminoglycoside antibiotics and antiarrhythmic agents.
Aminoglycosides -Effects of Neostigmine antagonised by aminoglycosides
Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine - effects of Neostigmine may be diminished because of potential for Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine to increase symptoms of myasthenia gravis
Many drugs have antimuscarinic effects; concomitant use of two or more such drugs can increase side-effects such as dry mouth, urine retention, and constipation; concomitant use can also lead to confusion in the elderly.
Clindamycin - Effects of Neostigmine antagonised by Clindamycin
Lithium - Effects of Neostigmine antagonised by lithium
Muscle Relaxants, non-depolarising - Neostigmine antagonises effects of non- depolarising muscle relaxants
Polymyxins - Effects of Neostigmine antagonised by polymyxins
Procainamide - Effects of Neostigmine antagonised by Procainamide
Propafenone -Effects of Neostigmine possibly antagonised by Propafenone
Propranolol -Effects of Neostigmine antagonised by Propranolol
Quinidine -Effects of Neostigmine antagonised by Quinidine
Suxamethonium -Neostigmine enhances effects of Suxamethonium
Antimuscarinics - Effects of parasympathomimetics antagonised by antimuscarinics
For use as indicated, animal studies (see section 5.3) are of very limited relevance. Use in human pregnancy has not been systematically evaluated.
The use of Neostigmine in pregnant patients with myasthenia gravis has revealed no untoward effect of the drug on the course of pregnancy.
May reach breast milk but in amounts probably too small to be harmful.
The Glycopyrronium Bromide component of Glycopyrrolate - Neostigmine Metilsulfate Injection can give rise to a dry mouth, difficulty in micturition, cardiac dysrhythmias, and disturbances of visual accommodation and inhibition of sweating.
The Neostigmine component of Glycopyrronium Bromide and Neostigmine Metilsulfate Injection can give rise to nausea, vomiting, increased salivation, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps (more marked with higher doses); signs of overdosage include bronchoconstriction, increased bronchial secretions, lacrimation, excessive sweating, involuntary defecation and micturition, miosis, nystagmus, bradycardia, photophobia, heart block, arrhythmias, hypotension, agitation, excessive dreaming, and weakness eventually leading to fasciculation and paralysis.
Glycopyrronium-Neostigmine component of injection can give rise to hypersensitivity, angioedema and anaphylactic reaction. Their frequency is not known
If severe Neostigmine induced muscarinic side effects occur (bradycardia, hypotension, increased or pharyngeal secretions, decreased cardiac conduction rate, bronchospasm or increased gastrointestinal activity etc), these may be treated by the intravenous administration of Glycopyrronium Bromide Injection 200 – 600 micrograms (0.2 – 0.6mg) or atropine 400 – 1200 micrograms (0.4 – 1.2mg).
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
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The treatment of overdosage depends on whether signs of anticholinesterase or anticholinergic overdose is the predominant presenting feature.
Signs of Neostigmine overdosage include those of muscarinic effects (nausea, vomiting, increased salivation, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps (more marked with higher doses); signs of overdosage include bronchoconstriction, increased bronchial secretions, lacrimation, excessive sweating, involuntary defecation and micturition, miosis, nystagmus, bradycardia, heart block, arrhythmias, hypotension, agitation, excessive dreaming, and weakness eventually leading to fasciculation and paralysis.) may be treated by administration of Glycopyrronium Bromide Injection 0.2 – 0.6mg or atropine 0.4 – 1.2mg. In severe cases, respiratory depression may occur, artificial ventilation may be necessary in such patients.
Signs of Glycopyrronium Bromide overdose (tachycardia, ventricular irritability etc.) may be treated by intravenous administration of Neostigmine Metilsulfate 1.0mg for each 1.0mg of Glycopyrronium Bromide known to have been administered. As Glycopyrronium Bromide is a quaternary ammonium agent, symptoms of overdosage are peripheral rather than central in nature. Centrally acting anticholinesterase drugs such as physostigmine are therefore unnecessary to treat Glycopyrronium Bromide overdosage.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Anticholinesterases
ATC code: N07AA51
Glycopyrronium Bromide is a quaternary ammonium anticholinergic agent. The quaternary ammonium moiety renders Glycopyrronium Bromide highly ionised at physiological pH and it thus penetrates the blood brain and placental barriers poorly. Glycopyrronium Bromide has a more gradual onset and longer duration of action than atropine.
Neostigmine Metilsulfate is a quaternary ammonium anticholinesterase.
Glycopyrronium Bromide and Neostigmine Metilsulfate Injection is associated with less initial tachycardia and better protection against the subsequent cholinergic effects of Neostigmine Metilsulfate than a mixture of Atropine and Neostigmine Metilsulfate.
Neostigmine is used mainly for its effects on skeletal muscle in myasthenia gravis and in anaesthesia for termination of the effects of competitive neuromuscular blocking drugs.
In addition, residual central anticholinergic effects are minimised due to the limited penetration of Glycopyrronium Bromide into the central nervous system. Administration of Glycopyrronium Bromide with Neostigmine Metilsulfate is associated with greater cardiostability than administration of Glycopyrronium Bromide and Neostigmine Metilsulfate separately.
Glycopyrronium Bromide and Neostigmine Metilsulfate are routinely administered simultaneously to reverse residual non-depolarising (competitive) neuromuscular block. Numerous clinical studies, which demonstrate this to be a safe and effective combination, have been published.
Over 90% of the Glycopyrronium Bromide disappears from serum within 5 minutes following intravenous administration. The drug is rapidly excreted into bile with highest concentrations being found 30 to 60 minutes after dosing with some product being detected up to 48 hours after administration.
Glycopyrronium Bromide is also rapidly excreted into urine with the highest concentrations being found within 3 hours of administration. Over 85% of product is excreted within 48 hours. It has subsequently been confirmed in a single dose pharmacokinetic study using radio immunological assay procedures that Glycopyrronium Bromide was rapidly distributed and/or excreted after intravenous administration. The terminal elimination phase was relatively slow with quantifiable plasma levels remaining up to 8 hours after administration. The elimination half-life was 1.7 hours.
Neostigmine Metilsulfate is extensively hydrolyzed in the blood. In one study, following intravenous administration, the plasma concentration declined to about 8% of its initial value after 5 minutes with a distribution half-life of less than one minute.
Elimination half-life ranged from about 15-30 minutes. Trace amounts of Neostigmine Metilsulfate could be detected in the plasma after one hour. In a study in non-myasthenic patients, the plasma half-life was 0.89 hours.
No further relevant information other than that, which is included in other sections of the Summary of Product Characteristics.
Citric Acid Solution
Water for Injections
Do not mix Glycopyrronium Bromide and Neostigmine Metilsulfate Injection with any other preparation.
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep the container in the outer carton to protect from light.
Glycopyrronium Bromide 0.5mg/ml and Neostigmine Metilsulfate 2.5mg/ml Solution for Injection is presented in clear Type I ampoules of neutral glass containing 10 x 1ml ampoules packed in a cardboard carton.
Do not dilute.
If only part of an ampoule is used, discard the remaining solution. Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd
T/A Martindale Pharma
Date of first authorisation: 7th September 2007