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What are the side effects of sufentanil?

As with most medications, there are many possible side effects of sufentanil. The most common are anxiety, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty walking, constipation, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, headaches and itching. Serious side effects, which are less common, include allergic reactions (marked by facial swelling, difficulty breathing, hives and a rash), hallucinations, muscle rigidity, weakness, seizures, slow or irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, wheezing, difficulty with breathing and slow breathing. Breathing may potentially become dangerously slow or even stop. Because of this, the United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that sufentanil should only be given by individuals trained to use intravenous and epidural anesthetics and those qualified to manage the respiratory effects of potent opioids. Consequently, whenever sufentanil is administered, a drug to counteract it (such as naloxone), resuscitation and intubation equipment and oxygen must be readily available for use.

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