GENERIC NAME: ALFENTANIL - INJECTION (al-FEN-tuh-nill)
BRAND NAME(S): Alfenta
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by vein (slow IV injection or continuous infusion) as directed by a doctor. Alfentanil should be used only in a hospital or clinical setting that has proper monitoring and support equipment. The patient's breathing (oxygen saturation), blood pressure, and heart rate/rhythm (EKG) should be monitored while this drug is being used and throughout the recovery period. The dosage is based on the patient's medical condition and response to the medication. If there are questions regarding the mixing, dilution or administration of this drug, consult the pharmacy. The liquid should be checked for particles or discoloration. If present, the liquid must be discarded.
SIDE EFFECTS: Pain at the injection site, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and itching may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify the doctor. Inform the doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: low or high blood pressure, slow or irregular heartbeat, tightness in the chest, trouble breathing. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely. If it occurs, it must be treated immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, swelling, trouble breathing. If other effects not listed above occur, contact the doctor.
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