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    Atracurium

    Information about Atracurium

    Atracurium uses

    Atracurium is used for skeletal mucle relaxation during surgery.

    How atracurium works

    Atracurium relaxes the muscles by blocking the impulses from the nerves.

    Common side effects of atracurium

    Bronchospasm, Decreased blood pressure, Skin flushing, Increased heart rate, Urticaria, Wheezing

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    Expert advice for Atracurium

    • Consult your doctor before taking atracurium if you any of the following medical conditions: myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular disease characterized by very weak muscles and unusual tiredness) or Eaton-Lambert syndrome (autoimmune disorder characterized by muscle weakness of limbs), electrolyte imbalance, cancer, allergy to other muscle relaxants, recent burn, asthma or other respiratory problems, heart disease, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage causing pain, tingling, or numbness over hands and feet).
    • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
    • Avoid drinking alcohol and do not drive or operate heavy machineries while taking atracurium.

    Frequently asked questions for Atracurium

    Atracurium

    Q. Is Atracurium an aminosteroid?
    Atracurium is not an aminosteroid. It is a benzylisoquinolines (muscle relaxant)
    Q. Why does Atracurium cause hypotension?
    Atracurium causes hypotension (low blood pressure) due to release of histamine
    Q. Why does atracurium cause histamine release?
    It acts on blood cells called basophils or mast cells which release histamine
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    Q. How long does Atracurium take to work?
    How long does Atracurium last?Atracurium takes about 2-4 min to work and lasts for about 20-35 minutes.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)