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Indications and Dosage
Organophosphorus poisoning
Adult: Mild: 600 mg, repeat 1-2 times every 15 minutes as needed, up to Max: 1,800 mg. Severe: 3 inj of 600 mg in rapid succession to a total dose of 1,800 mg. Persistent: May repeat the entire series (1,800 mg) starting approx 1 hour after administration of the last inj.
Child: <40 kg: Mild: 15 mg/kg/dose, repeated every 15 minutes as needed. Max: 45 mg/kg. Severe: 15 mg/kg/dose, repeated 2 times in rapid succession to a total dose of 45 mg/kg. Persistent: May repeat the entire series (45 mg/kg given in 3 divided doses) starting approx 1 hour after administration of the last inj. ≥40 kg: Same as adult dose.

Organophosphorus poisoning
Adult: As adjunct to atropine: Loading dose: 1,000-2,000 mg via infusion over 15-30 minutes or slow inj over at least 5 minutes, may repeat dose after 1 hour, then 10-12 hourly as needed. For intermittent infusion dosing, repeat dose 4-6 hourly as needed. Max intermittent infusion rate: 200 mg/minute. Administer as soon as the effects of atropine are observed. Maintain atropinisation for at least 48 hours.
Child: ≤16 years As adjunct to atropine: Loading dose: 20-50 mg/kg (Max: 2,000 mg/dose) via inj over 15-30 minutes, followed by 10-20 mg/kg/hour as continuous infusion. Alternatively, a repeat bolus of 20-50 mg/kg after 1 hour and repeated 10-12 hourly as needed.  >16 years Same as adult dose.

Anticholinesterase overdose
Adult: Initially, 1,000-2,000 mg, followed by 500-1,000 mg/hour via infusion. Alternatively, repeat initial dose after 1 hour then 3-8 hourly as needed.
Renal Impairment
Dose reduction may be needed.
IV inj: Reconstitute vial labelled as containing 1,000 mg with 20 mL sterile water for inj to make 50 mg/mL solution. IV infusion: Further dilute reconstituted solution with 0.9% NaCl for inj to make a final concentration of 10-20 mg/mL. IM inj: Dilute vial labelled as containing 1,000 mg with 3.3 mL of sterile water for inj to a final concentration of approx 300 mg/mL.
Special Precautions
Patient with myasthenia gravis. Not indicated for the treatment of poisoning due to carbamate pesticides, phosphorus, inorganic phosphates, or organophosphates without anticholinesterase activity. Renal impairment. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Myasthenic crisis, transient neuromuscular blockade (high doses); worsening of cholinergic effects in rapid IV inj (e.g. tachycardia, laryngospasm, muscle rigidity or paralysis, or cardiac arrest).
Eye disorders: Blurred vision, diplopia, impaired accommodation.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, vomiting.
Injury, poisoning and procedural complications: Inj site pain (IM).
Investigations: Transient increase in AST/ALT, and creatine phosphokinase.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Muscle weakness.
Nervous system disorders: Headache, dizziness, drowsiness, paralysis, seizures.
Renal and urinary disorders: Renal insufficiency.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Hyperventilation, apnoea.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Maculopapular rash.
Vascular disorders: Hypertension.
IM/IV/Parenteral/SC: C
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, muscle fasciculations and strength, pulse oximetry; fluid balance throughout therapy. Perform continuous ECG and haemodynamic monitoring.
Mechanism of Action: Pralidoxime reactivates cholinesterase outside the CNS that had been inactivated by phosphorylation due to exposure to certain organophosphate pesticides by displacing the enzyme from its receptor sites. It removes the phosphoryl group from the active site of the inhibited enzyme by nucleophilic attack, regenerating active cholinesterase, and forming an oxime complex. It also slows the aging process of phosphorylated cholinesterase to non-reactivable form and detoxifies certain organophosphates by direct chemical reaction.
Absorption: Poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 5-15 minutes (IV); approx 35 minutes (IM).
Distribution: Distributed throughout the extracellular water; limited distribution into the CNS.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver.
Excretion: Via urine (80%, as unchanged drug and metabolites). Elimination half-life: 74-77 minutes (apparent); 3-4 hours (poisoned patients).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Pralidoximum, CID=135398747, (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
Antidotes & Detoxifying Agents
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