Producing anesthesia for surgery. It may also be used with other medicines as part of epidural anesthesia during labor and delivery to decrease pain.
Sufentanil is a narcotic (opioid) analgesic. It works in the brain and nervous system to cause anesthesia and decrease pain.
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All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Anxiety; confusion; constipation; difficulty walking; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; indigestion; itching; nausea; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); hallucinations; muscle rigidity; seizures; slow or irregular heartbeat; slowed breathing; trouble breathing; weakness.
Use sufentanil as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Sufentanil is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If sufentanil contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it. Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal. If you miss a dose of sufentanil, contact your doctor immediately. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use sufentanil.