March 21, 2017

Tubocurarine injection

What is tubocurarine injection?

TUBOCURARINE is a muscle relaxant. It relaxes muscles during surgery or for patients who are on breathing machines (ventilators). Tubocurarine can also help diagnose a disease called myasthenia gravis. Generic tubocurarine injections are available.

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

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

  • asthma or breathing difficulties

  • burns

  • dehydration

  • heart disease

  • hypothermia or hyperthermia (changes in normal body temperature)

  • kidney disease

  • lung disease

  • muscle disease or weakness

  • shock

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to tubocurarine, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Tubocurarine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What drug(s) may interact with tubocurarine?

  • calcium or magnesium salts

  • capreomycin

  • certain antibiotics given by injection

  • edrophonium

  • medicines for pain

  • medicines to control heart rhythm

  • neostigmine

  • procaine

  • propranolol

  • pyridostigmine

  • water pills

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 tubocurarine?

You will be carefully monitored for side effects while you receive tubocurarine, and for some time afterwards.

What side effects may I notice from receiving tubocurarine?

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

  • fainting or lightheadedness

  • fever

  • pounding heartbeat

  • rigid muscles, especially the jaw muscles

  • slow heartbeat

  • shortness of breath, wheezing

Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice if you get any of these side effects.

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

  • flushing (reddening of skin)

  • muscle pain

  • increased saliva

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused injection solution.


March 21, 2017


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