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General Information on Remifentanil

Generic Name : Remifentanil

Pronunciation : rem-i-FEN-ta-nil

Latest prescription information about Remifentanil. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y45 | Therapeutic Classification : Analgesics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Remifentanil

International- Ultiva.

Why is Remifentanil Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a narcotic analgesic, prescribed for pain during and after surgery. It works by dulling the pain perception center in the brain.

When should Remifentanil not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated for epidural or intrathecal administration. Contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity

What is the dosage of Remifentanil?

A single IV dose of 0.5 to 1 mcg/kg over 30 to 60 seconds.
IV- Continuous infusion at a rate of 0.1 mcg/kg/min beginning 5 minutes.

How should Remifentanil be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Remifentanil?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart or breathing problems, head injury, lung disease, who are taking other medications, any allergy, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Remifentanil?

   Most Common : Nausea, vomiting, itching, headache, increased sweating, shivering, dizziness, low blood pressure, slow heart rate, respiratory depression, muscle rigidity, chills, flushing, warm sensation.
   Heart : Abnormal heart rhythm, heart block, ECG change and fainting.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle stiffness, musculoskeletal chest pain.
   Respiratory : Cough, difficulty in breathing, asthma, nose congestion, inflammation of pharynx, hiccup(s), lung swelling, runny nose.
   Central Nervous System : Anxiety, involuntary movement, confusion, tremors, disorientation, dysphoria, nightmare(s), hallucinations, tingling, night blindness, twitch, sleep disorder, seizure, amnesia.
   Body as a Whole : Chills, anaphylactic reaction.
   Skin : Rash, hives, itching, and redness.
   Genitourinary : Urine retention, painful urination, and urine incontinence.
   Metabolic : Abnormal liver function, hyperglycemia, electrolyte disorders, increased CPK level.
   Blood : Anemia, raised white blood cell count, decrease of platelets in blood.

What are the other precautions for Remifentanil?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Remifentanil?

Store at 2 to 25C.

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