Lusedra

1 What is Lusedra?

Brand: Lusedra

Generic: Fospropofol

Lusedra is a sedative-hypnotic agent used to induce relaxation or sleep in patients before and during surgery or procedures. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking Lusedra, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

Studies in children regarding the correlation of age to the effects of fospropofol have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established. Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of fospropofol.

Adjustments in the dose of the elderly may be required since they are more likely to have age-related heart disease. Indications of harm to the fetus have not been reported in animal studies. Risks to fetuses have not been determined in studies of pregnant women. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding.

Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as

  • Alfentanil
  • Alprazolam
  • Amobarbital
  • Barbital
  • Bromazepam
  • Bupivacaine
  • Bupivacaine Liposome
  • Buprenorphine
  • Butabarbital
  • Butorphanol
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Chloral Hydrate
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Clonazepam
  • Clorazepate
  • Diazepam
  • Dichloralphenazone
  • Estazolam
  • Eszopiclone
  • Fentanyl
  • Flibanserin
  • Hexobarbital
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Levorphanol
  • Lidocaine
  • Lorazepam
  • Meclizine
  • Meperidine
  • Mephobarbital
  • Meprobamate
  • Methadone
  • Midazolam
  • Morphine
  • Morphine Sulfate Liposome
  • Nalbuphine
  • Oxazepam
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Paraldehyde
  • Pentazocine
  • Prazepam
  • Propoxyphene
  • Ramelteon
  • Remifentanil
  • Secobarbital
  • Sodium Oxybate
  • St John's Wort
  • Sufentanil
  • Suvorexant
  • Tapentadol
  • Temazepam
  • Triazolam
  • Zaleplon
  • Zolpidem
  • or Zopiclone

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your doctor if you have any other medical problems such as breathing problems, heart disease, hypotension, or hypoxemia.

3 Proper Usage

To use Lusedra properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

A trained healthcare professional will be the only to administer this drug in a hospital or surgery clinic. This drug is administered intravenously through a needle placed in one of your veins.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Lusedra, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.

Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug. This drug can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert is not recommended.

This may also cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position, so get up slowly.

Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have symptoms of paresthesias such as burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings on your skin.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Lusedra to avoid unwanted potential side effects.

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • burning
  • crawling
  • itching
  • numbness
  • prickling
  • "pins and needles"
  • or tingling feelings
  • bluish lips or skin
  • blurred vision
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • faintness
  • or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • difficult or troubled breathing
  • irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
  • pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • or shortness of breath

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the drug, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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