Sufentanil

Generic Name: sufentanil (soo-FEN-ta-nil)
Brand Name: Sufenta

Sufentanil is used for:

Producing anesthesia for surgery. It may also be used with other medicines as part of epidural anesthesia during labor and delivery to decrease pain.

Sufentanil is a narcotic (opioid) analgesic. It works in the brain and nervous system to cause anesthesia and decrease pain.

Do NOT use sufentanil if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in sufentanil or any related medicine (eg, sufentanil)

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

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Before using sufentanil:

Some medical conditions may interact with sufentanil. 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 diabetes, asthma or other breathing problems, fever, increased pressure or unusual growths in the brain, heart problems, liver or kidney disease, pancreatitis, or a recent head injury
  • if you have a history of slow or irregular heartbeat or blood pressure problems

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

  • Naltrexone because the effectiveness of sufentanil may be decreased
  • Amiodarone, azole antifungals (eg, fluconazole), beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), benzodiazepines (eg, alprazolam), calcium channel blockers (eg, verapamil), cimetidine, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin), monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (eg, phenelzine), phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), sibutramine, or sodium oxybate (GHB) because the risk of side effects may be increased
  • Barbiturate anesthetics (eg, thiopental), benzodiazepines (eg, alprazolam), sibutramine, or sodium oxybate (GHB) because actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if sufentanil 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 sufentanil:

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

  • Sufentanil is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If sufentanil contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of sufentanil, contact your doctor immediately.

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

Important safety information:

  • Sufentanil may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to sufentanil. Using sufentanil alone, with certain other medicines or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking sufentanil.
  • Use sufentanil with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use sufentanil with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using sufentanil during pregnancy. Sufentanil is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using sufentanil, check with your doctor to discuss the risk to your baby.

When used for long periods of time or at high doses, some people develop a need to continue taking sufentanil. This is known as DEPENDENCE or "addiction."

Possible side effects of sufentanil:

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:

Anxiety; confusion; constipation; difficulty walking; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; indigestion; itching; nausea; vomiting.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); hallucinations; muscle rigidity; seizures; slow or irregular heartbeat; slowed breathing; trouble breathing; weakness.

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 sufentanil:

Sufentanil is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using sufentanil at home, store sufentanil as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep sufentanil out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about sufentanil, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Sufentanil 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 sufentanil 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 sufentanil. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sufentanil. 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 sufentanil.

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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