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REMIFENTANIL (Ultiva®) helps to induce and maintain anesthesia and sedation during and after surgery or other procedures. An anesthesiologist or specially trained health care professional will give remifentanil to you. Generic remifentanil injections are not available.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high or low blood pressure
lung disease or breathing difficulties
an allergic or unusual reaction to remifentanil, alfentanil, sufentanil, meperidine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Remifentanil is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a specially trained health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
This does not apply.
medicines for depression (examples: MAOIs, nefazodone, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, or sertraline)
medicines for high blood pressure
medicines for psychiatric disorders
medicines for seizures
medicines for sleep
prescription medicines for pain
St. John's wort or any herbal preparations containing St. John's wort
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you that 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.
Remifentanil is used mostly during surgery or while you are recovering from surgery. Tell your prescriber or health care professional if you continue to have pain or if you have new or different type of pain.
Make sure to tell your anesthesiologist or other health care professional if you are taking any herbal products. Ideally, you should stop taking any herbal products at least 2—3 weeks before your surgery to decrease the risk of any side effects. Some products may increase the effects of remifentanil.
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Rare or uncommon:
breathing difficulties, wheezing
cold, clammy skin
slow or fast heartbeat
lightheadedness or fainting spells
decrease or difficulty passing urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This does not apply. You will only receive remifentanil in a hospital or clinic setting. You will not receive remifentanil at home.