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a depolarizing neuromuscular blocker that is a skeletal muscle relaxant.
indications It is prescribed to provide an adjunct to anesthesia, to reduce muscle contractions during surgery or mechanical ventilation, and to facilitate endotracheal intubation.
contraindications Known hypersensitivity to this drug prohibits its use. Caution is used in administering it to patients with a family history of malignant hyperthermia, those with low pseudocholinesterase levels, and those with myasthenia gravis or renal failure.
adverse effects Among the more serious adverse effects are cardiac arrhythmia, severe respiratory depression, and (rarely) malignant hyperthermia.
A drug used for its neuromuscular blocking effect. It is used as an adjuvant in surgical anesthesia, and to prevent trauma in electroconvulsive shock therapy.
CAUTION!This drug should be used only by physicians who have had extensive training in its use and in a setting where facilities for respiratory and cardiovascular resuscitation are immediately available.
suc·ci·nyl·cho·line chlo·ride(sŭksi-nil-kōlēn klōrīd)
Muscle relaxant used during dental surgery to reduce contractions.