COMPARATIVE STUDY
JOURNAL ARTICLE
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL

Use of heptaminol hydrochloride for catecholamine weaning in septic shock

Mabrouk Bahloul, Anis Chaari, Mohamed Nouri Ben Mbarek, Hatem Kallel, Mounir Bouaziz
American Journal of Therapeutics 2012, 19 (1): e8-17
20720484
We analyze in the current study the impact of heptaminol hydrochloride (Heptamyl) administration in patients with septic shock requiring adrenergic support on the duration of vasopressor infusion and on catecholamine delay weaning. In this prospective study were included 49 nonconsecutive patients with septic shock requiring vasopressor infusion and with stable hemodynamic parameters during more than 24 hours. All these patients were included in a random way to receive or not heptaminol hydrochloride. The primary end point was the effect of heptaminol hydrochloride administration on duration of weaning, defined as cessation of vasopressor support. There were 32 males (65%) and 17 females (35%). The mean age (± standard deviation) was 53.9 ± 22.2 years. Norepinephrine was the most commonly used vasopressor agent (73.4%). The comparison between two groups (with and without heptaminol hydrochloride) showed that two groups had the same epidemiologic, clinical, and biologic findings on intensive care unit admission. In our study, we found that the introduction of Heptamyl was associated with a quick decrease of dose of dopamine and norepinephrine in comparison with the Heptamyl-free group. By comparing the two groups, we found that the delay of catecholamine weaning was significantly faster for the dopamine (P = 0.008) and noradrenalin (P = 0.001) in the Heptamyl group. Finally, the intensive care unit mortality rate and the hospital mortality rate were significantly lower in the Heptamyl group. Our study shows a reduction in norepinephrine and dopamine weaning duration in septic patients enrolled in the heptaminol hydrochloride group.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article

Discussion

You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
20720484
×

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.

×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"