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   Alfentanil Hydrochloride

Alfentanil Hydrochloride
Alfentanil Injection

Alfentanil is a narcotic pain medication used before and/or during surgery.


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alfentanil Hydrochloride

Alfentanil is a narcotic pain medication used before and/or during surgery.

  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.

  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: severe trouble breathing (e.g., slow, labored breathing), very low blood pressure.

How To Use
  • Alfentanil Hydrochloride 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 Alfentanil Hydrochloride 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 Alfentanil Hydrochloride, 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 Alfentanil Hydrochloride 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.

  • The doctor should be told of the patient s medical history, especially of: head injury, lung diseases, kidney or liver diseases, allergies (especially to narcotics).
  • Alfentanil Hydrochloride will make the patient dizzy and/or drowsy.
  • They should not engage in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery until the effects of Alfentanil Hydrochloride have worn off.
  • Patients should avoid drinking alcohol because it can intensify the dizziness or drowsiness effects of Alfentanil Hydrochloride.
  • Caution is advised when using Alfentanil Hydrochloride in the elderly since they may be more sensitive to the effects of Alfentanil Hydrochloride.
  • Alfentanil Hydrochloride should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with the patient.
  • Alfentanil Hydrochloride passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
  • Consult the doctor before allowing the mother to breast-feed.

Missed Dose
  • Not applicable.

Drug Interactions
  • The doctor should be told of all prescription and nonprescription medications the patient uses, especially of: MAO inhibitors used within the last 2 weeks (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), erythromycin, cimetidine.
  • Report the patient s use of drugs that cause drowsiness, such as: sleeping pills, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs, other narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), drugs for mood or emotional problems, anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxants, anti- histamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine).
  • Additionally, many cough-and-cold medicines contain ingredients that cause drowsiness.
  • Ask the patient if they use any.
  • If needed, consult the pharmacy about the safe use of those products.
  • Other medications should not be started without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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