Halothane is a Medical Anaesthetic

Halothane is an anaesthetic used for the maintenance of general anaesthesia. The induction dose of halothane varies from patient to patient. However, the general range is 0.5-3%. The anaesthetic may interact with bodily substances like adrenaline, aminogylcosides, aminophile and theophylline. If pregnant, halothane is administered only on prescription. If you are breastfeeding, take the advice of doctor before undergoing the anaesthesia, since there are halothane side effects known. 

This medication is used to put the patient to sleep and maintain a level of unconsciousness during an operation. Halothane makes one unaware of what is going on in the surroundings. It is given as a gas in the air that the patient breathes to keep him asleep during the procedure.

The common side effects of halothane are chills, headache, nausea and vomiting. Severe side effects include hepatitis, kidney damage, yellowing of eyes, decreased lung function and malignant hyperthermia. There are more side effects as well.

Few things should be kept in mind before giving halothane. Tell your doctor if:

  • You have never inhaled halothane before.

  • You have had a head injury in the last few weeks.

  • You are trying to conceive or are already pregnant.

  • If you are breastfeeding.

  • If you have any liver or kidney ailment.

  • You suffer from porphyria, myasthenia gravis and phaeochromocytoma.

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