Bridion

1 What is Bridion?

Brand: Bridion

Generic: Sugammadex

Sugammadex, also known and sold under the trade name of Bridion, is a product which is used to reverse the effects of the muscle relaxants, known as rocuronium and vecuronium, which are given to adult patients after surgery. This product is available in the form of a solution.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Bridion, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. This is a decision that you and your doctor, together, will have to make.

During the consultations, it is important to inform the doctor about:

Allergies – Inform the doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications, prescribed or not prescribed. Also, inform the healthcare professional about any allergic reactions to any specific kind of food, dye, fabric and etc.

Pediatric – There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in pediatric patients. This medication is not recommended to be used in pediatric patients. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.

Geriatric – Proper studies done have confirmed that there are no age-related risks and side effects when this medication has been used in geriatric patients. However, due to the increased presence of kidney problems in geriatric patients, the treatment will require extra caution.

Pregnancy – Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used during pregnancy.

It is unknown if this medication would affect the fetus. This medication is not recommended to be used during pregnancy. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.

Breastfeeding – Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in nursing mothers. It is unknown if this medication is extracted in the milk, or if it would affect the infant.

This medication is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.

Drug interactions – Inform the doctor if you are currently using any other medications, prescribed or not prescribed, even vitamins and herbal tea. This is important because certain medications are not recommended to be used in a combination with others, due to the possibility that certain interactions could occur.

However, sometimes the doctor can decide to use a certain combination, including two or more medications, to treat your condition, if he or she considers that combination to prove as beneficial regarding your condition.

Other interactions – Certain medications are not recommended to be used in a combination with specific kind of food, tobacco, and alcohol. Because of this, it is important to get informed if there is a need for you to follow a specific type of diet and discontinue your use of tobacco and/or alcohol during the treatment with this medication.

Other medical problems – Inform the doctor about your medical history, any other medical problems and conditions from the past or at the moment. Especially, inform the doctor if there are any of the following conditions present – anemia, bleeding problems, bradycardia, or kidney disease. 

3 Proper Usage

For proper use of Bridion, follow the directions given by your doctor. This medication is available in the form of a solution, for intravenous route. This medication is applied by the doctor or by an experienced healthcare professional, at the hospital. 

The dose is individual for every patient, prescribed by the doctor and based on your condition and the prognosis of the treatment. In order to get the most beneficial effects from its use, this medication must be used regularly.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Bridion, there are some precautions you must take. Visit your doctor regularly, at your scheduled appointments, so that he or she would be able to track your condition and make any adjustments if needed. 

These adjustments may refer to the dose – e.g. the doctor may decide to increase or decrease the dose, or to the treatment itself – the doctor may decide to discontinue the treatment, if there are any serious side effects present that would worsen your condition, or if your condition does not improve. 

Inform your doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications, prescribed or not prescribed. This is important because this product may contain inactive substances that could cause certain interactions to occur. Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. 

This medication is not recommended to be used during pregnancy, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used during pregnancy. At least two proven forms of birth control should be used during the treatment. Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. 

This medication is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in nursing mothers. Dizziness and blurred vision may occur. Avoid driving and any other activities that require alertness and clear vision during the treatment.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Bridion. These side effects do not occur within all patients, also they could be mild or more serious. 

However, it is essential to get informed about the potential side effects so that you would be able to notice their presence and inform the doctor as soon as possible, for further directions.

Common side effects:

  • blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • lightheaded
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • slow/pounding heartbeat
  • sweating or
  • unusual tiredness and weakness might occur

These are common side effects, which are not considered as serious. However, if their presence persists or worsens, inform the doctor as soon as possible.

A very serious allergic reaction to this medication is not common. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, inform the doctor as soon as possible – skin rash, itching/swelling of the face/tongue/hands/feet, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. 

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