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Norepinephrine for Treating Hypotension during Spinal Anesthesia for Cesarean Delivery

Shiqin Xu, Xiaofeng Shen, Shijiang Liu, Jianjun Yang, Xian Wang
BACKGROUND: Phenylephrine is the current "gold standard' vasopressor used to treat maternal hypotension in women undergoing cesarean delivery with spinal anesthesia. Since 2015, various studies have explored the use of norepinephrine to manage maternal hypotension. We conducted this systematic review and meta-analysis of available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to compare the efficacy and safety of norepinephrine and phenylephrine for the prevention and treatment of maternal hypotension...
February 2019: Medicine (Baltimore)
Aidan M Sharkey, Naveed Siddiqui, Kristi Downey, Xiang Y Ye, Jennifer Guevara, Jose C A Carvalho
BACKGROUND: Phenylephrine (PE) is currently the vasopressor of choice to prevent and treat spinal-induced hypotension at cesarean delivery (CD). However, its use is often associated with reflex bradycardia. Norepinephrine (NE) has been put forward as an alternative vasopressor during CD due to its ability to treat hypotension while maintaining heart rate (HR). Recent studies have focused on the role of NE used as an infusion with favorable results compared to PE. No studies have compared equipotent bolus doses of PE and NE at CD...
August 14, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Warwick D Ngan Kee
BACKGROUND: Norepinephrine has been investigated as a potential alterative to phenylephrine for maintaining blood pressure during spinal anesthesia for cesarean delivery with the advantage of less depression of maternal heart rate and cardiac output. However, the relative potencies of these two vasopressors have not been fully determined in this context. METHODS: In a random-allocation, graded dose-response study, 180 healthy patients undergoing spinal anesthesia for elective cesarean delivery received a single bolus of norepinephrine in one of six different doses ranging from 4 to 12 µg or phenylephrine in one of six different doses ranging from 60 to 200 µg to treat the first episode of hypotension...
December 2017: Anesthesiology
Desire N Onwochei, Warwick D Ngan Kee, Lillia Fung, Kristi Downey, Xiang Y Ye, Jose C A Carvalho
BACKGROUND: The use of phenylephrine as the first-line agent for prevention and treatment of maternal hypotension during cesarean delivery (CD) may reduce cardiac output, posing a theoretical risk to mother and fetus. Norepinephrine has been suggested as a potential alternative, because its β-adrenergic effects might result in greater heart rate and cardiac output than phenylephrine. The use of norepinephrine to prevent and treat hypotension during CD is new, and its use as a bolus has not been fully determined in this context...
July 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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