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What should I know about suxamethonium before receiving it?

You should not receive suxamethonium if you are allergic to it or if you have recently had severe trauma, such as nerve injury or a severe burn. You should not receive suxamethonium if you have a personal or family history of malignant hyperthermia. You should know before receiving suxamethonium that suxamethonium can sometimes cause adverse reactions. The reactions include, but are not limited to, rashes, respiratory problems, life threatening allergic reactions, cardiac arrest, dangerously elevated body temperature, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, dangerously high pressure in the eyes, involuntary muscle contractions, muscle soreness, excessive salivation and kidney failure. Tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, liver, thyroid or kidney problems, an infection, anemia, a tumor, high or low blood calcium or potassium levels, stomach or intestinal ulcers, heart problems, a bone fracture or muscle spasms, recent eye injury or eye surgery or have a history of bleeding in the brain. This drug should only administered by a licensed and qualified professional. Also, certain drugs may interact with suxamethonium to cause adverse reactions. These drugs include, but are not limited to, oxytocin, lidocaine, promazine, lithium carbonate, aprotinin, non-penicillin antibiotics, magnesium salts, quinidine, quinine procainamide, chloroquine, diethyl ether, isoflurane, desflurane, metoclopramide and certain oral contraceptives. It is not certain whether suxamethonium can harm infants, fetuses or newborns. However, it is important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant so that he or she can determine whether suxamethonium is right for you. Because of the risk of life-threatening situations when suxamethonium is given to children, its use in children should be reserved for emergencies only.

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