Etomidate

Pronunciation

Generic Name: etomidate (e-TOM-i-date)
Brand Name: Amidate

Etomidate is used for:

Inducing general anesthesia and with other medications to provide anesthesia during short surgeries. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Etomidate is a hypnotic agent. The exact way that it works is unknown.

Do NOT use etomidate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in etomidate

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using etomidate:

Some medical conditions may interact with etomidate. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have porphyria

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with etomidate. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Amiodarone because the risk of side effects, such as slowed heart rate or heart block, may be increased
  • Droxidopa because its actions and side effects may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if etomidate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use etomidate:

Use etomidate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Etomidate is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss a dose of etomidate, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use etomidate.

Important safety information:

  • Etomidate may cause drowsiness for up to 24 hours. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to etomidate. Using etomidate alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours after using etomidate.
  • Use etomidate with caution in the ELDERLY, especially those with high blood pressure, because they may be more sensitive to its effects on the heart.
  • Etomidate is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 10 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using etomidate during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using etomidate, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of etomidate:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Brief pain in the veins; coughing; drowsiness; hiccups; nausea; temporary uncontrollable muscle movements; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of etomidate:

Etomidate is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. Keep etomidate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about etomidate, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Etomidate is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take etomidate or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about etomidate. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to etomidate. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using etomidate.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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