Diazoxide DBL

Reviewed by Dr Mariam Buksh, Karen Anderson-Hawke (NS-ANP), and Helen Lamb (NS-ANP)
November 2007
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Management of Diazoxide Administration


IV Preparation

Oral Preparation



IV Injection

  1. Administered only intravenously. Do NOT administer IM or SC.
  2. Administered by a doctor/NS-ANP, or a nurse with Neonatal IV Drug Certification.
  3. Do NOT further dilute.
  4. Filter prior to administration through a Pall 0.2 micron filter.
  5. Administer by IV injection over 30 seconds.
  6. No compatibility data available.
  7. Do NOT mix with other drugs, IV solutions, blood or blood products.
  8. Use a separate line for diazoxide.


  1. Follow instructions on bottle label.
  2. Administer with food.

Nursing Considerations

  1. Observe site closely during administration for extravasation. May cause severe inflammatory reaction.
  2. Observe for signs of adverse effects.
  3. Monitor glucose levels carefully.
  4. Monitor blood pressure (preferably continuously).
  5. Continuous cardiorespiratory monitoring. Observe for arrhythmias.
  6. Monitor fluid balance carefully.
  7. Weigh daily.
  8. Nurse flat during infusion and for 1 hour after infusion.


IV Preparation

Oral Preparation


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