Halothane


Generic Medicine Info
Contraindications
Known or suspected susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia, raised CSF pressure, history of unexplained jaundice or acute hepatic damage from previous exposure to halothane. Childn <18 yr undergoing outpatient dental surgery.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ phaeochromocytoma, myasthenia gravis, renal failure, pre-existing hepatic disease. Childn. Pregnancy and lactation. Patient Counselling May impair ability to drive or operate machinery. Monitoring Parameters Monitor pulse and BP.
Adverse Reactions
Post-op nausea, vomiting, and shivering; resp depression, hypotension, skeletal muscle relaxation, bradycardia.
Potentially Fatal: Hepatotoxicity, malignant hyperthermia, cardiac arrhythmias.
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of ventricular dysrhythmias w/ epinephrine. Increased risk of malignant hyperthermia w/ suxamethonium. Prolonged recovery from anaesth w/ concurrent use of ketamine for induction. May potentiate response to non-depolarising muscle relaxants, hypotensive agents (e.g. hexamethonium bromide, trimetaphan camsilate).
ATC Classification
N01AB01 - halothane ; Belongs to the class of halogenated hydrocarbons. Used as general anesthetics.
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