Drugs commonly administered by iv infusion in the ICU

AMINOPHYLLINE (250 mg ampl)

       Loading Dose: 5 - 6 mg/kg (in 20 min)
   Maintenance Dose: 0.2 - 0.9 mg/kg.h
           Dilution: 1 g/250 ml D5W
Final Concentration: 4 mg/ml

Comments:Climetidine slows metabolism; serum levels 10-20 ug/ml; major side effects: tachycardia, tachyarrhythmias, nausea, and vomiting; seizures with serum levels >30 ug/ml


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