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Cleviprex
(clevidipine) Injectable Emulsion, for Intravenous Use

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Cleviprex is a sterile, milky-white emulsion containing 0.5 mg/mL of clevidipine suitable for intravenous administration. Clevidipine is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker. Chemically, the active substance,clevidipine,is butyroxymethyl methyl 4-(2',3'-dichlorophenyl)-l,4-dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-3,5-pyridinedicarboxylate. It is a racemic mixture with a molecular weight of 456.3 g/mol. Each enantiomer has equipotent antihypertensive activity. The structure and formula are:

Cleviprex
  (clevidipine)Structural Formula Illustration

Clevidipineis practically insoluble in water and is formulated in an oil-in-water emulsion. In addition to the active ingredient, clevidipine, Cleviprex contains soybean oil(200 mg/mL), glycerin (22.5 mg/mL), purified egg yolk phospholipids (12 mg/mL),oleic acid (0.3 mg/mL), disodium edetate (0.05 mg/mL), and sodium hydroxide to adjust pH. Cleviprex has a pH of 6.0 - 8.0 and is a ready-to-use emulsion.

What are the possible side effects of clevidipine (Cleviprex)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • slow heart rate;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, vomiting;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain; or
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 1/4/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.