Vecuronium

Description

Vecuronium is a muscle relaxant which helps in procedures like endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation. It should only be administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Close monitoring of lung function is necessary for patients who receive this medicine. It is very important that you inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to this medicine.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Vecuronium

  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Swelling of face
  • Swelling and redness at the injection site

Uses of Vecuronium

What is it prescribed for?

  • Anesthesia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed in 3 to 5 minutes. The effect may be delayed based on clinical conditions like heart diseases, elderly population, and fluid accumulation in the body.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 20 to 35 minutes.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been 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 in patients with a known allergy to vecuronium.
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

Effect on lungs

Vecuronium may paralyze the lung muscles and decrease the lung function. It is mandatory to keep patients on ventilatory support until adequate respiration is restored.

Impaired kidney function

Vecuronium has not shown any increase in its effect in patients with kidney failure. However, it is advised to start with lower doses in patients with kidney failure in emergency conditions.

Missed Dose

Since this medicine is given before surgery by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of missing a dose is very less.

Overdose

Since this medicine is administered in the hospital setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very less. 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

Amlodipine

Phenytoin

Furosemide

Amikacin

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 history of allergy to this medicine. Report to the doctor all your current medicines as well as 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
It works by relaxing the skeletal muscles and helps in procedures like endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Neuromuscular blocking agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Vecuronium - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 20 July 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01339

[Internet]. 2017 [cited 20 July 2017]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/33381

DailyMed - VECURONIUM BROMIDE FOR INJECTION - vecuronium bromide for injection injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 20 July 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=294819e9-aa55-49a3-b1d9-050a4285d3ed

Norcuron (vecuronium) dosing, indications, interactions, adverse effects, and more [Internet]. Reference.medscape.com. 2017 [cited 20 July 2017]. Available from:

http://reference.medscape.com/drug/vecuronium-343110

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 20 July 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

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Information on this page was last updated on 27 Jul 2017

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