Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Induction of anaesthesia
Adult: 300 mcg/kg via slow inj over 30-60 seconds into a large vein in the arm.
Child: Up to 30% more than the standard adult dose.
Elderly: 150-200 mcg/kg, subsequently adjusted according to effects.
Hepatic Impairment
Reduce dose in liver cirrhosis.
Incompatible w/ compound Na lactate infusion BP (Hartmann’s soln), ascorbic acid, vecuronium. May show slight opalescence w/ pancuronium bromide.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ cortico-adrenal insufficiency (e.g. patient w/ sepsis), pre-existing epilepsy, hepatic cirrhosis. Renal impairment. Elderly and childn. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Excitatory phenomena e.g. myoclonus; pain on inj site; hyperventilation, hypoventilation, apnoea, hiccups and snoring, HTN, hypotension, postoperative nausea and vomiting. Rarely, convulsions, cardiac arrhythmias, laryngospasm.
IV/Parenteral: C
Patient Counseling Information
May impair ability to drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP, renal function, CV or resp status, signs of adrenal insufficiency.
Symptoms: Hypotension, resp depression, which may lead to arrest, disorientation, delayed awakening. Management: Supportive treatment. Admin of hydrocortisone (not ACTH) 50-100 mg may be required.
Drug Interactions
Increased hypnotic effect when used w/ neuroleptic drugs, opioids and sedatives. May enhance the effect of hypotensive drugs.
Food Interaction
Enhanced hypnotic effect w/ alcohol.
Description: Etomidate, a carboxylated imidazole, is a sedative and hypnotic agent used for general anaesthesia. It enhances the activity of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the CNS, by interacting w/ the GABAA receptor complex.
Onset: 30-60 seconds.
Duration: Dose dependent: 2-3 min (0.15 mg/kg/dose); 4-10 min (0.3 mg/kg/dose).
Absorption: Time to peak plasma concentration: 7 min.
Distribution: Rapidly distributed into CNS and other body tissues. Crosses placenta and enters breast milk. Volume of distribution: 2-4.5 L/kg. Plasma protein binding: Approx 76%.
Metabolism: Rapidly metabolised in the liver and plasma.
Excretion: Via urine, approx 75% (80% as metabolite, 2% as unchanged drug). Terminal elimination half-life: 2.6-3.5 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Etomidate, CID=36339, (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
Anaesthetics - Local & General
ATC Classification
N01AX07 - etomidate ; Belongs to the class of other general anesthetics.
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