Sufentanil (Sufenta)

Category:

  • Analgesic

Description:

  • Synthetic opiate agonist analgesic

Indications:

  • Analgesic supplement to anesthesia

  • General anesthesia (in combination with oxygen and skeletal muscle relaxant)

Contraindications:

  • Patients with impaired respiratory function.  

Precautions:

  • Pregnancy Category C

  • Use with caution due to respiratory depression.  Must have facilities and trained personnel for intubation if necessary.

  • Monitor patientís vital signs.

  • Use with caution with other CNS depressive medications.  

Adverse Reactions (Side Effects):

  • Respiratory depression

  • Skeletal muscle rigidity

  • Hypotension (7%)

Dosage:

Administered by IV injection

General anesthesia for minor and painful procedures:

Adult:

  • Initial: 1-2 micrograms/kg, with nitrous oxide and oxygen

  • Additional doses of 10-20 microgram may be administered depending on anesthesia level

General anesthesia for major and complicated procedures:

Adult:

  • Initial: 2-8 micrograms/kg, with nitrous oxide and oxygen

  • Additional doses of 25-50 microgram may be administered depending on anesthesia level

The information contained here is an abbreviated summary. For more detailed and complete information, consult the manufacturer's product information sheets or standard textbooks.

 
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