Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Induction and maintenance of general anaesthesia
Adult: Induction: 0.5% v/v of halothane in oxygen or mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, increase gradually according to response to a concentration of 2-4% v/v. Maintenance: 0.5-2% v/v depending on the flow rate used.
Child: Induction: 1.5-2% v/v. Maintenance: 0.5-1.5% v/v.
Reacts w/ many metals. Rubber and some plastics deteriorate when in contact w/ halothane vapour or liq.
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.
Adverse Reactions
Post-op nausea, vomiting, and shivering; resp depression, hypotension, skeletal muscle relaxation, bradycardia.
Potentially Fatal: Hepatotoxicity, malignant hyperthermia, cardiac arrhythmias.
Patient Counseling Information
May impair ability to drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor pulse and BP.
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).
Description: Halothane is a potent non-flammable inhalational anaesth which depresses both cerebral function and sympathetic activity. It suppresses salivary, bronchial and gastric secretions and dilates the bronchioles.
Absorption: Absorbed on inhalation.
Distribution: Soluble in the neutral fats of adipose tissue. Crosses the placenta and enters breast milk.
Metabolism: Metabolised hepatically to form trifluoroacetic acid, bromide and Cl salts via oxidative pathway, and fluoride salts via reductive pathway.
Excretion: Via lungs (up to 80% as unchanged drug).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Halothane, CID=3562, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Halothane (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store below 25°C.
MIMS Class
Anaesthetics - Local & General
ATC Classification
N01AB01 - halothane ; Belongs to the class of halogenated hydrocarbons. Used as general anesthetics.
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Fluothane (Halothane) Dear Healthcare Professional Letter Mar 2000. U.S. FDA. https://www.fda.gov/. Accessed 14/01/2016.

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