HEALTH GUIDE REFERENCE FROM A.D.A.M
Relieves pain during medical procedures.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to remifentanil or to similar medicine such as Actiq®, Sublimaze®, or Duragesic®.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have a liver disease, lung disease, or heart disease.
- This medicine may cause constipation. This is more common if you use it for a long time. Ask your doctor if you should also use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Fast or slow heartbeat.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Muscle stiffness in your neck, chest, hands, or legs.
- Problems with your vision.
- Trouble breathing or chest tightness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Agitation or dizziness.
- Fever, headache.
- Mild skin rash or itching.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or lump under your skin where the needle is placed.
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