Vecuronium

Generic Name: Vecuronium

Vecuronium is a prescribed mediation used to treat tired muscles. It is used in the form of an injection and been injected into muscles to relax them. It is sold under the same generic name. This medication is used to produce muscle relaxation during surgery and assisted breathing commonly known as mechanical ventilation. It works by blocking the signals between your nerves and your muscles. This medicine can also be obtained with a label of Vecuronium Bromide. Vecuronium is given before general anesthesia in preparing you for surgery. Vecuronium helps keep your body still during surgery. It also relaxes your throat so a breathing tube can be more easily inserted before the surgery.

How to use Vecuronium Injection

  • This medication is given by vein (IV injection or continuous infusion), under the supervision of a doctor. Your response will be monitored continuously during treatment.
  • The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Learn all mixing, dilution and administration/usage instructions in the product package.
  • Follow all recommended safety precautions. Consult the pharmacist if you are unclear about any of the information.
  • The liquid should be checked visually for particles or discoloration before use. If present, discard the liquid.

Cautions before Use Vecuronium Injection

  • People suffering from lung problems such as asthma or COPD are advised to not to take this medication.
  • Those people who have a medical history of nerve-muscle conditions such as myasthenia gravis, Eaton-Lambert syndrome are restricted from using this medication.
  • A preservative (benzyl alcohol) which may be found in this product or in the liquid used to mix this product as a diluent can infrequently cause serious problems or sometimes death.
  • Patients who have adrenal gland problems such as Addison’s disease cannot take this medicine.
  • People who have cancer are advised to not to use this medication.
  • Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers cannot take this medicine as this drug may cause harm to the unborn child or may pass through the breast milk.
  • If Vecuronium is given in large amounts to an infant during the first months of life medically known as neonatal period it may become dangerous. The risk is also greater with low birth weight infants. They may face symptoms include sudden gasping, low blood pressure, or a very slow heartbeat.
  • People with a problem of electrolyte imbalances such as hypokalemia, hypermagnesemia, or hypercalcemia cannot take this medicine.

Vecuronium Injection Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Vecuronium are as follows:

  • trouble breathing
  • ongoing muscle weakness
  • inability to move your muscles
  • feeling light-headed
  • itching

Vecuronium Injection Interactions and Overdose

This medicine may react with other skeletal muscle relaxants such as, succinylcholine, pancuronium, inhaled anesthetics such as enflurane, isoflurane), aminoglycoside antibiotics such as., gentamicin, tobramycin, certain other antibiotics (especially metronidazole, tetracyclines, clindamycin, bacitracin, polymyxin B sulfate, colistin, mezlocillin, piperacillin, vancomycin), magnesium sulfate, anti-seizure drugs such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), heart drugs such as calcium channel blockers such as verapamil), trimethaphan, quinine drugs such as quinine, quinidine.

In case of any overdose, the patient must be taken to the doctor as soon as possible.

 

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