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Succinylcholine Chloride Dosage
I was curious as to a hypothetical situation of the side effects/symptoms of the succinylcholine chloride injection administered orally.
Dangerous: This is a very potent drug that is given intravenously only. Using it orally there is some possibility of it being absorbed through your mucus membranes. It is really playing with danger to attempt oral administration. Death is one side effect. ...Read more
Succ side effects: The effects of succinylcholine include whole body relaxation and paralysis used generally to calm combative or delirious patients who need to have a breathing tube placed for control of their airway or to undergo an operation. It can cause increased potassium from muscle spasm and twitching and can cause malignant hyperthermia rarely but this is very serious. Overall, it has a limited amt of uses. ...Read more
Succinylcholine: Yes, succinylcholine without proper supervision and airway support can be deadly. Succinylcholine causes a temporary irreversibel binding of your muscles that relax the muscles including the respiratory muscles and can lead to death by lack of oxygen if a proper airway is not established and the patient is not supported with assisted breathing, it lasts 6-8 minutes but is very potent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need a medical bracelet for being allergic to succinylcholine. What sort of information should I have engraved when I order my bracelet?
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Important: I don't think you have a family "allergy" as much as a deficiency in the enzyme that breaks down succinylcholine, (pseudocholinesterase) which can occur quite commonly. It is IMPERATIVE that you tell your anesthesia provider this information. They can either use an alternative drug, or use succinylcholine and know that it would work longer. You can be tested to know if you have this problem. ...Read more
Maybe: I am not aware of this. Etomidate comes in a 35% solution with propylene glycol which might give a false positive depending on the assay method, but this would not last long, would not likely be high and there would not likely be any concern of etoh intake around the time of etomidate or succ use. ...Read more
Reaction to sux: In terms of allergy in the usual sense, it may not exist with succinylcholine. My top concern would be an adverse intrinsic response to exposure to this drug, called malignant hyperthermia. This is life threatening if not immediately recognized, there is genetic predisposition(family history). Other conditions preclude use of this drug too, renal failure, certain neurologic conditions also. ...Read more
Medical alert bracelet -- should I say "succinylcholine allergy" if I can not take it for medical reasons?
Yes: Always write which is the medication you can not take so in case of an emergency, they know what it is. ...Read more
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