Last Updated 27 Dec 2012
Anectine (An-nect-een) is a medicine which is used in muscle relaxation during surgery or other procedures. Anectine contains suxamethonium chloride. It is supplied by GlaxoSmithKline UK.
The information in this Medicine Guide for Anectine varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.
Anectine is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.
During your general anaesthetic you will be continuously assessed and monitored by a member of the anaesthetic team. Over time it is possible that Anectine can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. You should discuss your current medical history with your anaesthetist before each general anaesthetic.
Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.
Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.
Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.
If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.
Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.
Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.
Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.
Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.
In the case of Anectine:
You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of having this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to have this medicine during pregnancy.
Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.
In the case of Anectine:
Before you have Anectine you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. If you wish to breast-feed after you have Anectine you should ask your prescriber how long you need to wait before you can breast-feed.
Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.
This medicine contains Anectine.
This medicine may also contain other ingredients. We are unable to list all of the ingredients for your medicine here. For a full list, you should refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with this medicine or ask a member of your medical team. You should check that you are able to take the ingredients of your medicine, especially if you have any allergies. You should also check whether any of these ingredients are known to have side-effects.
If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Anectine before, do not have Anectine. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.
Anectine, Version 6, last updated 27 Dec 2012