Nicardipine via direct IV

  1. Hello fellow nurses! Can nicardipine be given via direct IV push? No current iv lines so i decided to give it via direct IV, injected 1mg (1ml) slow iv., is that okay? Thanks!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    There are only two or three reasons I could see for rapid reduction in blood pressure, so I'm going to say no, it's not okay. The manufacturer's drug monograph stipulates continuous IV infusion only, via large vein or central line. Recommended maximum initial rate is 5 mg/hr. You really need to check the parenteral drug manual and with a clinical pharmacist at your work site on this.
  4. by   cocoa_puff
    Wait, have you already given it??
  5. by   amzyRN
    I've never given it unless it was as drip, mainly for bleed strokes.
  6. by   medic1969
    What possible reason might you have to do that? I can't imagine under what circumstances you'd wanna push nicardipine? Please offer more details.
  7. by   Ben_Dover
    Quote from cocoa_puff
    Wait, have you already given it??
    No current iv lines so "i decided to give" it via direct IV, injected 1mg (1ml) slow iv.,

    I doubt the OP will be ever be back.

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