Sevoflurane (By breathing)
Causes you to become unconscious (fall asleep) before having surgery. This medicine is a type of anesthesia.
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Uses of This Medicine
Sevoflurane belongs to the group of medicines known as general anesthetics. Sevoflurane is used to cause general anesthesia (loss of consciousness) before and during surgery. It is inhaled (breathed in). Although sevoflurane can be used by itself, combinations of anesthetics are often used together. This helps produce more effective anesthesia in some patients.
General anesthetics are given only by or under the immediate supervision of a doctor trained to use them. If you will be receiving a general anesthetic during your surgery, your anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will give you the medicine and closely follow your progress.
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How To Use
Shortly after inhaling the medicine, you will become unconscious (fall asleep). During the surgery, you will continue to receive the medicine through the mask while you are asleep.
You may feel anxious or nervous just before this medicine is given to you. Some people struggle or try to remove the face mask while they are being asked to inhale the medicine. It is important to take deep, steady breaths while you are receiving the medicine. This will help you relax and breathe in enough medicine to fall asleep quickly and easily.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using a tranquilizer (such as Valium®), or a narcotic pain reliever (such as Darvon® or Demerol®).
When Not To Use
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to sevoflurane or similar types of inhaled anesthesia.
This medicine may make you dizzy, drowsy, or confused for several hours. If you have had outpatient surgery, you will need someone to drive you home. It is best to have someone assist you at home for the first day or two after surgery.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat.
Light-headedness or fainting after you awake from surgery.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Shivering, shaking, or trembling.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Amerinet Choice Sevoflurane, Sojourn, Ultane, Ultane Amerinet, Ultane Novation
There may be other brand names for this medicine.