Weil Cornell Medical College - New York Presbyterian Hospital

Reference Doses

  Drip Medication Doses & Concentrations
Medication (Trade Name) Drip Dosing Ranges Common
Concentrations
Max
Conc.
Alprostadil (Prostin VR) 0.01 - 0.4 mcg/kg/min
(initial 0.05 - 0.1mcg/kg/min)
   
Alteplase   50 mg / 50 cc SW
100 mg / 100 cc SW
 
Aminocaproic Acid (Amicar)   5000 mg / 250 cc D5W  
Aminophylline 0.8 - 1.2 mg/kg/hr
(load 6-8 mg/kg)
450 mg / 250 cc D5W
(see Theophylline)
 
Amiodarone 5-15 mcg/kg/min
( load 5 mg/kg;
max load 150 mg)
150 mg / 50 cc  
Amrinone (Inocor) 5 - 10 mcg/kg/min
(load 0.75 mg/kg)
   
Bretylium (Bretylol)   2000 mg / 500 cc D5W
2000 mg / 250 cc D5W
 
Bumetanide (Bumex)   10 mg / 100 cc D5W
25 mg / 100 cc D5W
0.25 mg / cc
Cisatracurium (Nimbex) 1 - 2 mcg/kg/min 100 mg / 100 cc D5W  
Diltiazem (Cardizem)   125 mg in 125 cc D5W  
Dobutamine (Dobutrex) 5 - 20 mcg/kg/min 500 mg / 250 cc
1000 mg / 250 cc
10 mg / cc
Dopamine (Itropin) 0.5 - 20 mcg/kg/min 400 mg / 250 cc
800 mg / 250 cc
10 mg / cc
Epinephrine/Adrenalin 0.05 - 1 mcg/kg/min 2 mg / 250 cc 0.5 mg / cc
Esmolol (Brevibloc) 300 - 1000 mcg/kg/min*
(adults load 500 mcg/kg, 
then 200 mcg/kg,
then 50 - 200 mcg/kg/min)
2.5 g / 250 cc 10 mg / cc
Fentanyl (Sublimaze) 1 mcg/kg/hr initial 1000 mcg / 100 cc
2500 mcg/50cc
50 mcg/cc
Furosemide (Lasix) 0.25 - 0.75 mg/kg/hr 100 mg / 100 cc  
Heparin 10 - 30 units/kg/hr
(load 5 - 50 units/kg)
25,000 U / 250 cc  
Insulin 0.01 - 0.1 units/kg/hr 50 U / 500 cc
100 U / 100 cc
 
Isoproterenol (Isuprel) 0.02 - 0.5 mcg/kg/min 2 or 4 mg / 250 cc 0.15 mg / cc
Labetalol (Normodyne) 0.25 - 1.5 mg/kg/hr
(load 0.2 - 1 mg/kg)*
(adults load 1 - 2mg/kg,
then 0.5 - 2mg/min)
200 mg / 250 cc
400 mg / 200 cc
250 mg / 50 cc
5 mg / cc
Lidocaine (Xylocaine) 10 - 50 mcg/kg/min 
(load 1 - 5 mg/kg)
2000 mg / 250 cc
2000 mg / 500 cc
1000 mg/50 cc
20 mg/ cc
Midazolam (Versed) 0.05 mg/kg/hr initial 
(load 0.15 - 0.35 mg/kg)
100 mg / 100 cc 1.5 mg / cc
Milrinone (Primacor) 0.5 - 1 mcg/kg/min
(load 50 mcg/kg)
(adults load 50-75mcg/kg,
then 0.25 - 1mcg/kg/min)
20 mg / 100 cc
50 mg / 50 cc
1 mg / cc
Morphine   100 mg / 100 cc
250 mg / 250 cc
1 mg / cc
Naloxone (Narcan)   5 mg / 500 cc  
Nitroglycerin (Nitrostat) 1 - 3 mcg/kg/min
(initial 0.25 - 0.5mcg/kg/min)
(adults 5 - 20 mcg/min)
25, 50 or 100 mg / 250 cc  
Nitroprusside (Nitropress) 0.5 - 4 mcg/kg/min 50 or 100 mg / 250 cc 5 mg / cc
Norepinephrine (Levophed) 0.05 mcg/kg/min
(max 6 mcg/min)
8, 16 or 32 mg / 250 cc 0.3 mg / cc
Pancuronium (Pavulon) 0.1 mg/kg/hr initial 100 mg / 50 cc 2 mg / cc
Pentobarbital (Nembutal) 1 mg/kg/hr initial
(load 1 - 5 mg/kg)
2500 mg / 50 cc 50 mg / cc
Phenylephrine (Neo-synephrine) 0.1 - 0.5 mcg/kg/min 20 or 30 mg / 250 cc  
Procainamide (Pronestyl) 20 - 80 mcg/kg/min
(load 3 - 6 mg/kg over 5min)
2000 mg / 250 cc
2000 mg / 500 cc
5000 mg / 50 cc
100 mg/ cc
Propofol (Diprovan) 125 - 300 mcg/kg/min
(adult anesthesia 50 - 200 mcg/kg/min;
sedation 5 - 50 mcg/kg/min )
500 mg / 50 cc 10 mg / cc
Protamine 1 mg/100 units of heparin
(max 50 mg/10 min)
500 mg / 50 cc 10 mg / cc
Terbutaline (Brethine) 0.1 - 0.4 mcg/kg/min*
(load 2 - 10 mcg/kg*)
50 mg / 50 cc 1 mg / cc
Theophylline 0.8 - 1.2 mg/kg/hr
(load 6-8 mg/kg)
400 mg / 500 cc  
Urokinase (Abbokinase) 4400 IU/kg/hr* 250,000 U / 250 cc
500,000 U / 250 cc
 
Vasopressin (Pitressin) 0.5 - 100 mU/kg/hr for diabetes insipidus
2 - 10 mU/kg/min for GI bleeding
0.2 - 2 mU/kg/min for hypotension
100 or 200 U/ 250 cc
50 U / 50 cc
 
Vecuronium (Norcuron) 0.1 mg/kg/hr initial 50 mg / 50 cc 1 mg / cc

* Pediatric dosing not established. Use with caution. 
Strongly consider using a lower concentration if the patient can tolerate the excess fluids.

Disclaimer: All calculations must be confirmed. This program is not a substitute for clinical judgement nor an understanding of the use of the drugs. There are no claims, explicit or implied, of the accuracy of any of the data or information provided.

Weill Cornell University Medical Center - New York Presbyterian Hospital
Created: March 2, 2001                                       Edited: July 3, 2001