What should I know about desflurane before receiving it?

Before having desflurane, you should inform your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction of any kind to medicine, food, dyes, animals or preservatives. With different age groups, there are different considerations. Older adults need smaller doses of desflurane. In children, desflurane should not be used to start anesthesia as it can cause irritation and other side effects. Desflurane is safe for women who are pregnant. Tell your doctor about any and all medications that you are taking, as some may interact with desflurane. Certain medical conditions may be affected by desflurane also. These include any conditions that affect the muscles (like muscular dystrophy or myasthenia gravis), any heart condition or blood vessel disease or malignant hyperthermia. It is important that you discuss with your doctor any conditions you currently or previously had before using desflurane.

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