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Brand Names: Vecuronium Bromide

Generic Name: vecuronium (Pronunciation: VEK ue ROE nee um)

What is vecuronium (Vecuronium Bromide)?

Vecuronium is used to relax the muscles. It works by blocking the signals between your nerves and your muscles.

Vecuronium is given before general anesthesia in preparing you for surgery. Vecuronium helps keep your body still during surgery. It also relaxes your throat so a breathing tube can be more easily inserted before the surgery.

Vecuronium may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of vecuronium (Vecuronium Bromide)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregivers right away if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • trouble breathing;
  • ongoing muscle weakness; or
  • inability to move your muscles.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • feeling light-headed; or
  • itching.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about vecuronium (Vecuronium Bromide)?

Before receiving vecuronium, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have kidney disease, heart disease or congestive heart failure, problems with circulation, or a nerve-muscle disorder such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), MS (multiple sclerosis), or muscular dystrophy.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

It may take you longer to recover from the effects of vecuronium if you have cirrhosis or other liver disease.

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity after you recover from anesthesia.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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