Etomidate is used to induce general anesthesia (causing complete loss of consciousness).
How it works
Etomidate belongs to a class of drugs called intravenous anesthetic agent. It acts in the brain and causes temporary state of unconsciousness during surgeries.
Common side effects
Rapid breathing, Decreased blood pressure, Injection site pain, Tremor, Muscle twitching, Nausea, Vomiting
• Inform your doctor if you have any disorder of the adrenal glands or liver problems or heart conditions.
• You may be constantly monitored during entire anesthetic procedure to observe any signs of low blood pressure, changes in pulse rate, irregular heart beat and ventilation.
• Your ventilation will be carefully assessed to ensure adequate oxygenation and carbon dioxide removal.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Patients allergic to etomidate or any of its ingredients should not take it.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Does etomidate cause hypotension/ respiratory depression/ adrenal suppression?
Yes. Etomidate is known to cause hypotension, respiratory depression and adrenal suppression.
Q. Is etomidate used for conscious sedation?
Yes. Etomidate is used for conscious sedation.