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Comparison of Norepinephrine and Terlipressin vs Norepinephrine Alone for Management of Septic Shock: A Randomized Control Study

Pradeep K Bhatia

Keywords : Norepinephrine, Septic shock, Terlipressin

Citation Information : Bhatia PK. Comparison of Norepinephrine and Terlipressin vs Norepinephrine Alone for Management of Septic Shock: A Randomized Control Study. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (6):669-675.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24231

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 20-06-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Purpose: To compare norepinephrine and terlipressin vs norepinephrine alone for management of septic shock. Materials and methods: In this prospective, randomized control trial, 50 adult patients with septic shock were randomized into two groups. Group I received a combination of injection terlipressin 0.02 µg/kg/min (fixed dose) infusion and injection norepinephrine 0.01 µg/kg/min infusion and group II received injection norepinephrine 0.01 µg/kg/min infusion alone. Dose of noradrenaline in both the groups was titrated to achieve the target MAP of 65–70 mm Hg. The data collected were the dose of norepinephrine required to maintain an MAP of above 65 mm Hg, urine output, serum lactate, procalcitonin level, C-reactive protein, sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score, total duration of vasopressor support, and incidences of the adverse effects. Results: The norepinephrine dose in group I vs group II at 12 hours was found to be 0.141 ± 0.067 vs 0.374 ± 0.096 µg/kg/min (p ≤0.005). The serum lactate was lower, and urine output was higher in group I than group II (p <0.05). Group I had a significantly greater reduction in SOFA score in 12 hours than group II. Group I patient also had a significant decrease in the duration of vasopressor administration than group II patients being discharged from the ICU. However, there was no difference in the mortality between the two groups during their ICU stay. Conclusion: A low-dose continuous infusion of terlipressin and norepinephrine could help attain early resuscitation goals for managing patients with septic shock.

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