Administering undiluted famotidine intravenously

PLEASE NOTE:   Posts made to this forum should not be considered as the expressed opinions of, nor should be considered endorsed by, the Medication Safety Officer’s Society (MSOS) or the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). 

Make sure your email is up-to-date
In order to continue to receive updates from MSOS, as well as forum posts and other valuable information as a member of MSOS, please be sure to update your email address with us, whenever it changes. If you need assistance doing so, please send an email to jrufo@ismp.org

3 posts / 0 new
Last post
Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 16 hours ago
Joined: 08/30/2022 - 21:26
Administering undiluted famotidine intravenously

Question about how other hospitals are administering famotidine IV push?

The famotidine package insert recommends to dilute 2 mL of famotidine 10 mg/mL solution with NS or other compatible solution to a total volume of 5 or 10 mL prior to administering IV push.

Does anyone have any experience with the safety of administering undiluted famotidine 10 mg/mL by slow IV push into a patent IV followed by an NS flush?

I think there are benefits to reducing the amount of dilution performed by the pharmacy or bedside RNs in this case.

Tags: