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Brand name: Marcain Spinal Heavy TM

Active ingredients: bupivacaine + glucose

What it is used for

Indications as at 6 April 2004: Marcain 0.5% and Marcain Spinal 0.5% Heavy are indicated for the production of spinal anaesthesia. Marcain 0.5% is suitable for lower limb surgery lasting 3 - 4 hours where muscle relaxation is desired or needed. Marcain Spinal 0.5% Heavy is suitable for abdominal surgery lasting 45 - 60 minutes and urological and lower limb surgery lasting 2 - 3 hours.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intrathecal.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear colourless solution

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

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Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at

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