Neuromuscular blocking agents

Background

  • Non-depolarizing
    • Competitively block binding of ACh to its receptors
  • Depolarizing
    • Depolarizing skeletal muscle fiber
    • Persistent depolarization makes the muscle fiber resistant to further stimulation by ACh

Types

Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
Agent Time to onset (seconds) Duration (minutes) Side effects
Non-Depolarizing
Succinylcholine fasciculations, post-operative pain
Depolarizing
Vecuronium (Norcuron) 60 30–40 Few, may cause prolonged paralysis and promote muscarinic block
Rocuronium (Zemuron) 75 45–70 may promote muscarinic block
Pancuronium (Pavulon) 90 180 or more

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