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(eye-kat-i-bant) ,


(trade name)


Therapeutic: hereditary angioedema agents
Pharmacologic: bradykinin b2 receptor antagonists
Pregnancy Category: C


Treatment of attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in patients >18 yr.


Antagonizes the effects of bradykinin which are responsible for symptoms of HAE.

Therapeutic effects

Decreased manifestations of HAE including skin swelling, skin pain and abdominal pain with decreased progression to laryngeal edema.


Absorption: 97% absorbed following subcutaneous administration.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Metabolized systemically by proteolytic enzymes to metabolites that are renally excreted; <10% excreted unchanged in urine.
Half-life: 1.4 hr.

Time/action profile (reduction of symptoms)

Subcutwithin 1 hr2.0–2.6 hr†6–8 hr
† 50% reduction in baseline symptoms.


Contraindicated in: None noted.
Use Cautiously in: Obstetric: Use during pregnancy only if potential benefit justifies potential risk to fetus; Lactation: Use cautiously during lactation; Pediatric: Safe and effective use in patients <18 yr has not been established.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Central nervous system

  • dizziness


  • ↑ transaminases


  • injection site reactions (most frequent)


  • fever


Drug-Drug interaction

May ↓ antihypertensive response to ACE inhibitors.


Subcutaneous (Adults >18yr) 30 mg may be repeated in 6 hr, not to exceed 3 injections/24 hr.


Solution for subcutaneous injection: 10 mg/mL in 3 mL syringe (30 mg/syringe)

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess for symptoms of hereditary angioedema (submucosal or subcutaneous swelling) before and following treatment.
  • Lab Test Considerations: May cause ↑ serum transaminases.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Ineffective breathing pattern (Indications)


  • Additional doses may be administered with at least 6 hrs between injection if response is inadequate or symptoms recur. Do not administer more that 3 doses in 24 hr.
  • Subcutaneous: Inject into abdominal area using the 25 gauge needle provided. Pinch fold of skin about 2–4 inches from belly button and inject at a 45°–90° angle. Avoid areas with scars or that are bruised, swollen, or painful. Do not use a different needle. Solution is clear and colorless; do not administer solutions that are discolored or contain particulate matter.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient in recognizing symptoms of hereditary angioedema and correct technique for self-administration and disposal of equipment.
  • Caution patient to seek medical attention immediately after injection if laryngeal swelling occurs.
  • May cause tiredness, drowsiness, and dizziness. Caution patient to avoid driving, and other activities requiring alertness until response to medication is known.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional if fever, dizziness, or rash occur.
  • Instruct patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult with health care professional before taking other medications.
  • Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Resolution of signs and symptoms of an acute attack of hereditary angioedema.
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