• Endogenous catecholamine that predominantly stimulates α1 receptors to cause peripheral vasoconstriction and increase blood pressure.
  • It also has some β1 receptor agonist activity that results in a positive inotropic effect on the heart at higher doses.
  • IV/IO: Onset 30 seconds
  • Duration: 5-10 mins
  • Half-life: 2 minutes
  • Hypotension refractory to adequate fluid resuscitation
  • Primarily distributive shock as seen with sepsis, neurogenic shock or drug induced
  • No absolute contraindications
  • Caution in concurrent MAOI therapy and in hypovolaemic shock
 Precautions / Notes
  • Hypertension
  • Reflex bradycardia
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Peripheral ischaemia
  • Extravasation necrosis
  • Dilute 4mg in 4 mL with 46 mL of 5% Dextrose to produce 4mg in 50 mL (80 microg/mL)
 Weight-based Calculations
Cefazolin for fractures/prophylaxis
Presentation: /mL
Calculated dose:  in

Critical Care
IV infusion in adults only
  • Administer via a syringe driver
  • Commence infusion at 5 microg/minute (3.75 mL/hour) and increase or decrease by 1-2 microg/minute every 3-5 minutes as determined by MAP.
  • Should be run through a dedicated line
Syringe Driver Noradrenaline 4mg in 50ml (80µg/ml)
Dose range Rate of infusion
  • Regular NIBP monitoring (every 3-5 minutes if no invasive monitoring)
  • Continuous ECG monitoring
  • Monitor peripheral vein infusion hourly for blanching or extravasation
 Special Considerations
  • Noradrenaline is preferentially administered via a CVC. However, it is acceptable to administer peripherally through a large vein in upper limb (not hand or wrist and preferably not ACF) with an ≥18 gauge cannula
  • Aspirate blood prior to use checking site hourly and monitoring for signs of extravasation
  • Noradrenaline should always been run through a syringe driver or infusion pump and should never be given as a bolus
  • Peripheral noradrenaline should not be run for greater than 6 hours

4 mg in 4 mL vial

Current mode:
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