What is ether used for?
Ether is commonly used for induction and maintenance of anesthesia during surgery, muscle relaxation.
How should I take ether?
Ether is commonly given by inhalation route. Another route of administration is orally, but is not recommended due to its irritant effects to the stomach. It also has a much slower onset.
How do I store ether?
Ether is best stored at below 250C away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store ether in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of ether that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush ether down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using ether?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with ether or other medications.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Ether should be used during pregnancy only when the need outweighs any possible risk to the fetus.
What side effects can occur from ether?
Ether may cause these side effects, such as:
- Laryngeal spasm;
- Severe nausea, vomiting, and bronchopneumonia are liable to occur postoperatively, particularly after prolonged, deep anesthesia.
- Transient postoperative effects include impairment of liver function and leukocytosis.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with ether?
Ether may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
- Taking beta blockers (e.g., Propranolol) and ether at the same time may cause myocardial depression.
- Taking ether and Isoniazid enhance the side effect on the liver.
- Taking ether with Verapamil, Oxytocin, Amitriptyline may increase the risk of arrhythmia.
- Taking ether with Amiloride, Atenolol, Captopril, Nifedipine cause low blood pressure.
Does food or alcohol interact with ether?
Ether may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with ether?
Ether may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, especially:
- Severe liver disease;
- Raised cerebrospinal fluid pressure.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using ether.
What is the dose of ether for an adult?
20-100ml depending on the purposes.
What is the dose of ether for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is ether available?
Ether is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Solution 100ml, 250 ml, 500ml.
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of ether, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose
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Review Date: October 13, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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