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Alphaxalone (Alfaxan)

Synonym(s): Alfaxan-CD RTU (where CD=cyclodextrin; RTU=ready to use

Contributor(s): Len Cullen, Polly Taylor

Introduction

Name

  • Alphaxalone (Alfaxan).

Class of drug

  • Steroid general anesthetic.

Description

Chemical name

  • 3-hydroxy-5-pregnane-11, 20-dione.

Physical properties

  • Clear, colorless solution for injection presented in a multi dose bottle.
  • pH of solution: 6.5 to 7.0.
  • Concentration: 10 mg/ml.

Storage requirements

  • Store below 30 °C.
  • Protect from light.
  • Solution contains no preservatives.
  • Recommended that contents of vial be used within 24 hours of opening.

Uses

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Indications

  • Injectable anesthetic agent for dogs and cats.
  • Given alone as a single bolus dose or in incremental doses.
  • Given for anesthetic induction prior to tracheal intubation and maintenance with inhalational anesthesia.

Administration

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Precautions

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Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Technical Manual, Jurox Pty Ltd, Rutherford. NSW 2320, Australia.

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