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Succinylcholine injection

What is this medicine?

Succinylcholine (SUK seh nil KOH leen) is a skeletal muscle relaxant. It is used to relax muscles during surgery or while on a breathing machine.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein or muscle or for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • signs and symptoms of a dangerous change in heartbeat or heart rhythm like chest pain; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; palpitations; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; breathing problems

  • signs and symptoms of increased potassium like muscle weakness; chest pain; or fast, irregular heartbeat

  • signs and symptoms of muscle injury like dark urine; trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine; unusually weak or tired; muscle pain or side or back pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • excessive saliva

  • muscle cramps

  • muscle pain

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • certain antibiotics like amikacin, capreomycin, clindamycin, gentamicin, lincomycin, polymyxin B, tobramycin, vancomycin

  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat

  • certain medicines for cancer

  • certain medicines for stomach problems like metoclopramide

  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins, and birth control pills, patches, rings, or injections

  • general anesthetics like halothane, isoflurane, methoxyflurane, propofol

  • magnesium

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • narcotic medicines for pain

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • glaucoma

  • high levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium in the blood

  • history of nerve or muscle disease

  • large areas of burned or damaged skin

  • low levels of calcium in the blood

  • low levels of potassium in the blood

  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma

  • pseudocholinesterase deficiency

  • severely injured

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to succinylcholine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier