Ultiva

Generic Name: Remifentanil

  • What is Ultiva?

    Ultiva is a narcotic pain medicine that is used during the maintenance of general anesthesia for surgical procedures. Ultiva is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

    Ultiva is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Ultiva?

    Ultiva has abuse potential. Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of Ultiva when it is used improperly for long periods of time.

    Ultiva can cause serious breathing problems that can become life-threatening, especially when it is used in the wrong way for long periods of time. Tell your doctor if you have any lung or breathing problems (such as asthma). Your doctor will continuously monitor you after surgery.

    Ultiva can slow down your heartbeat or reduce your blood pressure. Your doctor will continuously monitor you for these changes while using Ultiva.

  • Who should not take Ultiva?

    Your doctor will not administer Ultiva if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ultiva?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ultiva. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have breathing problems, history of or a present drug abuse or addiction problem, or a family history of drug abuse or addiction problem.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you, based on your body weight and condition.

  • How should I take Ultiva?

    Your doctor will administer Ultiva to you in a hospital setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Ultiva?

    Do not miss your follow-up appointment with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ultiva?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Ultiva at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Ultiva?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: breathing difficulties, changes in your blood pressure or heartbeat, constipation, dizziness, fever, headache, muscle rigidity, nausea, shivering, visual disturbance, vomiting

  • Can I receive Ultiva if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Ultiva during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Ultiva?

    Ultiva should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Ultiva?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.