Relaxes your muscles during surgery or intubation (having a breathing tube put into your throat).
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Novaplus Vecuronium Bromide, Novaplus VECURONium Bromide, VECURONium Bromide Novaplus
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to vecuronium, or if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- You will receive this medicine in a hospital or emergency room.
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 are also using procainamide (Procanabid®, Pronestyl®), quinidine (Cardioquin®, Quinaglute®, Quinidex®), or any type of antibiotic (especially amikacin, gentamicin, Garamycin®, streptomycin, Neosporin®, polymyxin B, or tetracycline).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Receiving this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. If you think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor before you receive this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver disease, heart disease, kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, or Eaton-Lambert syndrome.
- Tell your doctor if you or a family member have had problems from surgery such as malignant hyperthermia (a dangerous rise in body temperature).
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Extreme or ongoing muscle weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Muscle weakness or stiffness in the days after you receive this medicine.
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
Review Date: 2011-02-04