BRIDION- sugammadex sodium injection, solution
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.


BRIDION® is indicated for the reversal of neuromuscular blockade induced by rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide in adults undergoing surgery.


BRIDION (sugammadex) injection, for intravenous use, should be administered by trained healthcare providers familiar with the use, actions, characteristics, and complications of neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBA) and neuromuscular block reversal agents.

Doses and timing of BRIDION administration should be based on monitoring for twitch responses and the extent of spontaneous recovery that has occurred.

Administer BRIDION intravenously as a single bolus injection. The bolus injection may be given over 10 seconds, into an existing intravenous line. BRIDION has only been administered as a single bolus injection in clinical trials.

From the time of BRIDION administration until complete recovery of neuromuscular function, monitor the patient to assure adequate ventilation and maintenance of a patent airway. Satisfactory recovery should be determined through assessment of skeletal muscle tone and respiratory measurements in addition to the response to peripheral nerve stimulation.

The recommended dose of BRIDION does not depend on the anesthetic regimen.

2.1 Recommended Dosing

BRIDION can be used to reverse different levels of rocuronium- or vecuronium-induced neuromuscular blockade.

For rocuronium and vecuronium:

  • A dose of 4 mg/kg BRIDION is recommended if spontaneous recovery of the twitch response has reached 1 to 2 post-tetanic counts (PTC) and there are no twitch responses to train-of-four (TOF) stimulation following rocuronium- or vecuronium-induced neuromuscular blockade [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].
  • A dose of 2 mg/kg BRIDION is recommended if spontaneous recovery has reached the reappearance of the second twitch (T2 ) in response to TOF stimulation following rocuronium- or vecuronium-induced neuromuscular blockade [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].

For rocuronium only:

  • A dose of 16 mg/kg BRIDION is recommended if there is a clinical need to reverse neuromuscular blockade soon (approximately 3 minutes) after administration of a single dose of 1.2 mg/kg of rocuronium. The efficacy of the 16 mg/kg dose of BRIDION following administration of vecuronium has not been studied [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].

BRIDION dosing is based on actual body weight.

2.2 Drug Compatibility

May inject BRIDION into the intravenous line of a running infusion with the following intravenous solutions:

  • 0.9% sodium chloride
  • 5% dextrose
  • 0.45% sodium chloride and 2.5% dextrose
  • 5% dextrose in 0.9% sodium chloride
  • isolyte P with 5% dextrose
  • Ringer’s lactate solution
  • Ringer’s solution

Ensure the infusion line is adequately flushed (e.g., with 0.9% sodium chloride) between administration of BRIDION and other drugs.

Do not mix BRIDION with other products except those listed above.

BRIDION is physically incompatible with verapamil, ondansetron, and ranitidine.

Visually inspect parenteral drug products for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever the solution and container permit.


BRIDION (sugammadex) injection is a sterile, clear, colorless to slightly yellow-brown, non-pyrogenic aqueous solution intended for intravenous infusion. BRIDION is available as follows:

  • 200 mg/2 mL (100 mg/mL) in a single-dose vial for bolus injection
  • 500 mg/5 mL (100 mg/mL), in a single-dose vial for bolus injection


BRIDION is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to sugammadex or any of its components. Hypersensitivity reactions that occurred varied from isolated skin reactions to serious systemic reactions (i.e., anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock) and have occurred in patients with no prior exposure to sugammadex [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1), Adverse Reactions (6)].


5.1 Anaphylaxis and Hypersensitivity

Clinicians should be prepared for the possibility of drug hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylactic reactions) and take the necessary precautions [see Contraindications (4), Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

Potentially serious hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have occurred in patients treated with BRIDION. The nature and frequency of anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity associated with BRIDION administration were evaluated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, repeat-dose study in which 375 subjects were randomized to receive 3 doses of BRIDION IV with a 5 week washout period: 151 subjects received 4 mg/kg, 148 received 16 mg/kg and 76 received placebo. The frequency of anaphylaxis for the 299 healthy volunteers treated with intravenous BRIDION was 0.3% (n=1 in the BRIDION 16 mg/kg group on the first dose). Signs and symptoms included conjunctival edema, urticaria, erythema, swelling of the uvula and reduction in peak expiratory flow within 5 minutes of dose administration. The most common hypersensitivity adverse reactions reported were nausea, pruritus and urticaria and showed a dose response relationship, occurring more frequently in the 16 mg/kg group compared to the 4 mg/kg and placebo groups.

Anaphylaxis has also been reported in the post-marketing setting, including at doses less than 16 mg/kg. The most commonly described clinical features in reports of anaphylaxis were dermatologic symptoms (including urticaria, rash, erythema, flushing and skin eruption); and clinically important hypotension often requiring the use of vasopressors for circulatory support. In addition, prolonged hospitalization and/or the use of additional respiratory support until full recovery (re-intubation, prolonged intubation, manual or mechanical ventilation) have been noted in a number of the anaphylaxis reports.

5.2 Marked Bradycardia

Cases of marked bradycardia, some of which have resulted in cardiac arrest, have been observed within minutes after the administration of BRIDION [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)]. Patients should be closely monitored for hemodynamic changes during and after reversal of neuromuscular blockade. Treatment with anticholinergic agents, such as atropine, should be administered if clinically significant bradycardia is observed.

5.3 Respiratory Function Monitoring During Recovery

Ventilatory support is mandatory for patients until adequate spontaneous respiration is restored and the ability to maintain a patent airway is assured. Even if recovery from neuromuscular blockade is complete, other drugs used in the peri- and post-operative period could depress respiratory function and therefore ventilatory support might still be required.

Should neuromuscular blockade persist after BRIDION administration or recur following extubation, take appropriate steps to provide adequate ventilation.

5.4 Risk of Prolonged Neuromuscular Blockade

In clinical trials, a small number of patients experienced a delayed or minimal response to the administration of BRIDION [see Clinical Studies (14.1)]. Thus, it is important to monitor ventilation until recovery occurs.

5.5 Waiting Times for Re-Administration of Neuromuscular Blocking Agents for Intubation Following Reversal with BRIDION

A minimum waiting time is necessary before administration of a steroidal neuromuscular blocking agent after administration of BRIDION.

Table 1: Re-administration of Rocuronium or Vecuronium after Reversal (up to 4 mg/kg BRIDION)
Minimum Waiting Time NMBA and Dose to be Administered
5 minutes 1.2 mg/kg rocuronium
4 hours 0.6 mg/kg rocuronium or0.1 mg/kg vecuronium

When rocuronium 1.2 mg/kg is administered within 30 minutes after reversal with BRIDION, the onset of neuromuscular blockade may be delayed up to approximately 4 minutes and the duration of neuromuscular blockade may be shortened up to approximately 15 minutes.

The recommended waiting time in patients with mild or moderate renal impairment for re-use of 0.6 mg/kg rocuronium or 0.1 mg/kg vecuronium after reversal with up to 4 mg/kg BRIDION should be 24 hours. If a shorter waiting time is required, the rocuronium dose for a new neuromuscular blockade should be 1.2 mg/kg.

For re-administration of rocuronium or administration of vecuronium after reversal of rocuronium with 16 mg/kg BRIDION, a waiting time of 24 hours is suggested.

If neuromuscular blockade is required before the recommended waiting time has elapsed, use a nonsteroidal neuromuscular blocking agent. The onset of a depolarizing neuromuscular blocking agent might be slower than expected, because a substantial fraction of postjunctional nicotinic receptors can still be occupied by the neuromuscular blocking agent.

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