Stability of procainamide hydrochloride in neutralized 5% dextrose injection

Am J Hosp Pharm. 1988 Dec;45(12):2513-7.


The stability of procainamide hydrochloride in neutralized 5% dextrose injection was studied. Sixty-four admixtures were prepared by adding either 2 mL (for 0.4% admixtures) or 4 mL (for 0.8% admixtures) of procainamide hydrochloride to 250 mL of 5% dextrose injection in plastic containers. The pH of 32 of these admixtures (16 of each type) was adjusted to 7.5. These 32 admixtures represented the neutralized group, and the remaining 32 represented the control group. The admixtures were stored at either 23-25 degrees C (room temperature) or 5 degrees C (refrigeration) for 24 hours. Procainamide hydrochloride concentrations in each sample were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography immediately after the admixtures were prepared and at various intervals during storage. Procainamide concentrations decreased over time in 5% dextrose injection. The decrease was significantly less for admixtures in neutralized 5% dextrose injection, those stored under refrigeration, and those with an 0.8% concentration of drug. Decreases in procainamide hydrochloride concentrations in the control admixtures might have been caused by procainamide-dextrose complexation. Initial concentrations of procainamide hydrochloride in 5% dextrose injection can be adequately maintained over a 24-hour storage period by neutralizing the 5% dextrose injection or storing the admixture at 5 degrees C. However, because it is impractical to maintain the necessary temperature condition during a 24-hour infusion, neutralization might be the most viable alternative when extended stability of procainamide hydrochloride in 5% dextrose injection is required.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Drug Stability
  • Glucose
  • Injections
  • Procainamide / analysis*
  • Temperature
  • Time Factors


  • Glucose
  • Procainamide