Vecuronium injection

What is vecuronium injection?

VECURONIUM (Norcuron®) is a muscle relaxant. It relaxes muscles during surgery or before investigational procedures. Generic vecuronium is available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive vecuronium?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • asthma or breathing difficulties

  • burns

  • dehydration

  • heart disease

  • hyperthermia (changes in normal body temperature)

  • lung disease

  • muscle disease or weakness

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vecuronium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Vecuronium is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What drug(s) may interact with vecuronium?

  • acetazolamide

  • calcium or magnesium salts

  • capreomycin

  • certain antibiotics given by injection

  • edrophonium

  • medicines for pain

  • medicines that improve muscle strength or tone for conditions like myasthenia gravis

  • medicines that relax your muscles for surgery

  • procainamide

  • quinidine

  • water pills

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What should I watch for while taking vecuronium?

You will be carefully monitored for side effects while you receive vecuronium, and for some time afterwards.

What side effects may I notice from receiving vecuronium?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • difficulty breathing, shortness of breath

  • unusual muscle weakness or tiredness

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of reach of children.

Follow the manufacturer's advice on storage of diluted injection solutions. Throw away any unused injection solution.