Etomidate injection

What is etomidate injection?

ETOMIDATE (Amidate®) induces sleep and relaxes you before a procedure. It is used before and during surgery, along with other anesthetics. Generic etomidate injections are available.

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

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

  • esophageal varices

  • hypertension

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • suppressed immune function

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

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Etomidate is for slow injection into a vein. It is given by trained anesthesia professionals in a controlled environment.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What drug(s) may interact with etomidate?

  • levodopa

  • St. John's wort

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 etomidate?

You will be closely monitored following administration of etomidate.

Do not to attempt driving or operating machinery for at least 24 hours after receiving etomidate. You should have a caregiver present to drive you home after outpatient procedures when you have received etomidate.

What side effects may I notice from receiving etomidate?

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

  • slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat, palpitations

  • slow, fast, or difficult breathing

  • restlessness or agitation

  • uncontrollable muscle spasms or stiffness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • drowsiness

  • hiccups

  • involuntary muscle or eye movements

  • nausea, vomiting

  • pain, or irritation at the injection site

Where can I keep my medicine?

This does not apply.