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Quelicin Side Effects

Generic Name: succinylcholine

Note: This document contains side effect information about succinylcholine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Quelicin.

For the Consumer

Applies to succinylcholine: parenteral injection

Side effects include:

Various degrees of skeletal muscle weakness.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to succinylcholine: compounding powder, injectable powder for injection, injectable solution, intravenous solution


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anaphylaxis[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Muscle fasciculation, post-operative muscle pain
Common (1% to 10%): Myoglobinemia, myoglobinuria
Rare (less than 0.1%): Trismus
Frequency not reported: Rhabdomyolysis, myoglobinuria, myoglobinemia, elevated creatine phosphokinase, hypertonia, precipitation or exacerbation of myasthenia gravis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Increased intraocular pressure[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Hyperkalemia[Ref]


Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Bronchospasm, prolonged respiratory depression, apnea
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Increased bronchial secretions, pulmonary edema (in infants)[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Malignant hyperthermia, porphyria[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Renal failure[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Bradycardia, tachycardia, flushing, hypertension, hypotension
Rare (less than 0.1%): Arrhythmias (including ventricular arrhythmia), cardiac arrest, hyperkalemia-related cardiac arrest (following administration to patients with congenital cerebral palsy, tetanus, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and closed head injury)
Frequency not reported: Circulatory collapse, shock[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Rash[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Increased intragastric pressure, excessive salivation
Frequency not reported: Increased bowel movements, increased gastric secretions[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. "Product Information. Quelicin Chloride (succinylcholine)." Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.

3. "Product Information. Anectine (succinylcholine)." Glaxo Wellcome, Research Triangle Park, NC.

4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Some side effects of Quelicin may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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