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Succinylcholine

Succinylcholine
(Anectine)

CLASS: Neuromuscular blocking agent (depolarizing).

DOSAGE:

Adult: 1.5 mg/kg Routes: IV.

Pediatric: 2 mg/kg Routes: IV.

ACTIONS

Skeletal muscle relaxant, paralyzes skeletal muscles including respiratory muscles.

INDICATIONS

To achieve paralysis to facilitate endotracheal intubation.

CONTRAINDCATIONS

Patients with known hypersensitivity to the drug.

WARNINGS

- Should not be administered unless persons skilled in endotracheal intubation are present.
- Endotracheal intubation equipment must be available.
- Oxygen equipment and emergency resuscitative drugs must be available.
- Paralysis occurs within 1 minute and lasts for approximately 8 minutes.

SIDE EFFECTS

Prolonged paralysis, hypotension, bradycardia.

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