Halothane

Description

Halothane is an inhalation anesthetic used for inducing and maintaining unconsciousness or sleep during surgical procedures. It should only be administered by a trained healthcare professional.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Halothane

  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Rise in body temperature
  • Shivering

Uses of Halothane

What is it prescribed for?

  • Anesthesia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time taken by this medicine to show its effect is subject to vary based on the individuals.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary based on the individuals.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to halothane or any other ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
General warnings

Labor and delivery

This medicine is not recommended for use during procedures associated with labor and delivery.

Drowsiness

This medicine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery after treatment with this medicine.

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of liver function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Hypotension

Patients undergoing anesthesia with Halothane should be monitored closely for early signs of severe hypotension (low blood pressure) and/or cardiac depression. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Since this medicine is administered before and during a surgical procedure by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of missing a dose is very low.

Overdose

Since this medicine is administered in the hospital setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Selegiline

Isocarboxazid

Phenelzine

Clozapine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to this medicine. Report to the doctor all your current medicines including herbs and supplements as well as all your medical conditions before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Causes sleepiness

How it works
This medicine binds with certain receptors and ion channels, which in turn induces unconsciousness and sedation.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

General anesthetics

Schedule

Schedule H

Halothane [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 28 December 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/halothane

Halothane - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 28 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01159

Halothane [Internet]. Livertox.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 28 December 2018]. Available from:

https://livertox.nih.gov/Halothane.htm

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Information on this page was last updated on 10 Apr 2019

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