What is this medicine?
SEVOFLURANE is a medicine that you breathe to help reduce any pain from a procedure or surgery.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for inhalation. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as full-term newborns for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
high body temperature
right upper belly pain
slow or difficult breathing
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain antibiotics like grepafloxacin and sparfloxacin
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
St. John's wort
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
narcotic medicines for pain
neuromuscular blockers like pancuronium, vecuronium, and atracurium
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
a history of malignant hyperthermia
neuromuscular disease like Duchenne muscular dystrophy
an unusual or allergic reaction to sevoflurane, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.