General Information on Vecuronium
Vecuronium is administered before surgical procedures. This drug relaxes the muscles and assists in breathing. Vecuronium works by obstructing the signals between the nerves and the muscles.
Vecuronium is administered intravenously. You should receive the intravenous injection only from the hands of an experienced and qualified healthcare professional. Do not self-inject Vecuronium.
Side effects of Vecuronium
Patients who are allergic to any ingredients present in this drug should not buy Vecuronium. Tell your doctor in advance if you are hypersensitive to Vecuronium or any other medicines. The following symptoms may occur if an allergic reaction to this drug occurs: wheezing, facial flushness, difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of patient’s upper face.
You may require dosage adjustment or may need to take certain tests if you have certain medical conditions such as blood circulation problems, kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, liver disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or any other neuromuscular disease. To ensure that this drug is completely safe for you, it is necessary that your doctor knows your complete medical history before he/she gives you a shot of Vecuronium.
Common, and less serious side effects of this drug may include mild itching or lightheadedness. Some patients may experience serious side effects such as muscle weakness, trouble breathing, or difficulty in moving their muscles. After you receive Vecuronium, your doctor is likely to monitor your blood pressure, breathing, or heart function for sometime.
Other side effects of this drug may also be seen in rare cases. If you want to know all the risks associated with Vecuronium, it is recommended that you consult your doctor. You may also consider reading the patient’s information leaflet that comes with the drug. This small leaflet contains useful information about Vecuronium.
The effects of Vecuronium may last for a longer time in patients who suffer from cirrhosis or any other disease of the liver.
Vecuronium is listed as a pregnancy category C drug. In other words, the effect of this drug on developing fetus has not been evaluated. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant.
The effect Vecuronium has on nursing children is not known. Tell your doctor, before receiving this drug, if you are breastfeeding a child.
The effect of this drug on children may be more pronounced. Extra caution should be observed if giving Vecuronium to children.
Geriatric patients may be at increased risk to certain side effects and may require special monitoring.
Dosage of Vecuronium
The initial dosage range is Vecuronium 0.08 mg/kg to Vecuronium 0.1 mg/kg. For surgical procedures that are prolonged, patients may also require subsequent maintenance dosages. The first maintenance dosage of Vecuronium 0.01 mg/kg to Vecuronium 0.015 mg/kg is given 25-40 minutes after the initial dosage. If required, the patient may be administered further maintenance dosages after every 13-16 minutes.
It is possible that other drugs that you are taking may interact with Vecuronium. Before you receive this drug, it is necessary that you inform your healthcare provider about all other medicines that you are taking, including all over-the-counter medicines, such as mineral or other dietary supplements, and herbal medicines.