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Etomidate

Etomidate
(Amidate®)

CLASS

General anesthetic

DOSAGE

    Adult & Pediatric (over 10 years of age):
    0.3 mg/kg slow administration (about two minutes) IV .
    Max dose of adults 30mg
    Max dose Peds 10mg .

ACTIONS

    Etomidate is a short-acting, non-barbituate hypnotic, lacking analgesix properties used for induction of general anesthesia. The action is at the level of the reticular activating system in the brain-system. Etomidate is generally considered to have minimal adverse effect on cardiac and respiratory function. The duration of action is 3-5 minutes and excretion is through the renal system.

INDICATIONS

    To induce general anesthesia to facilitate intubation or conscious sedation.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Suspected sepsis, Etomidate should not be used

WARNINGS

    Supportive airway control must be monitored and under direct observation at all times. Etomidate can decrease the adrenal gland's production and steroid hormones in trauma patients. Monitoring of vital signs is important of conscious.

SIDE EFFECTS

    The most common side effects are nausea and vomiting. Can cause uncontrolled skeletal muscle activity. May cause trismus if pushed to fast.

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