PENTHROX® (methoxyflurane)
Consumer Medicine Information
What is this leaflet
Before you are given it
PENTHROX® should only be used if the
package is undamaged and the expiry date
marked on the bottle has not been passed.
questions people ask about PENTHROX®. Itdoes not contain all the information known Tell your healthcare professional if you have It does not take the place of talking to your healthcare professional (i.e., doctor, dentist, • Any ingredients listed at the end of this All medicines have risks and benefits. Your healthcare professional has weighed the risks Tell your healthcare professional if you are
of you being given PENTHROX® against the pregnant or intending to become pregnant.
benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about being given
Your healthcare professional will discuss the this medicine, ask your healthcare
possible risks and benefits of being given professional.
Keep this leaflet in a safe place.
Tell your healthcare professional if you are
breast-feeding or intending to breast-feed.
Your healthcare professional will discuss thepossible risks and benefits of being given What PENTHROX® is used for
PENTHROX® during breast-feeding.
Tell your healthcare professional if you have,
PENTHROX® or methoxyflurane is a medicine or have had, any medical conditions, especially • Malignant hyperthermia (or any of your family Pain relief should start after 6-10 breaths.
PENTHROX® is intended to reduce the severity of pain, rather than completely eliminate it.
If you have not told your heathcare
PENTHROX® belongs to a family of medicines professional about any of the above, tell
called inhalation anaesthetics. In low doses, them before you are given PENTHROX®.
You may still be able to use PENTHROX®, but your healthcare professional will need to asses the risks against the potential benefits.
Taking other medicines
Ask your healthcare professional if you have
Tell your healthcare professional if you are
any questions about why PENTHROX® has
taking any other medicines, including
been prescribed for you.
medicines that you buy without a
prescription at the chemist, supermarket or
health food shop.

Before you are given PENTHROX®
Some medicines and PENTHROX® mayinterfere with each other. Your healthcare When you must not be given it
professional needs to know if you are taking You must not be given PENTHROX® if you have any of these medicines to accurately assess anaesthetics or any of the ingredients listed at Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: • Shortness of breath, wheezing or difficultly to • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other have, or are suspected of having, an inherited medicines to be careful with around the time tendency for a condition called malignant hyperthermia. This is a condition where, whenyou or a related family member has been given How PENTHROX® is given
an anaesthetic, symptoms such as a very highfever, fast, irregular heartbeat, muscle spasmsand breathing problems have occurred.
PENTHROX® can be given to you by a doctor,dentist, paramedic, nurse, or any other appropriately qualified or trained healthcare impairment or failure or respiratory depression How much is given
If you are not sure whether you should be
given PENTHROX®, talk to your healthcare
relief. A second 3 mL bottle of PENTHROX® Tell your healthcare professional if you
can be given to extend the period of pain relief notice any of the following side effects and
to approximately 50-55 minutes. The maximum they worry you.
should not be given on consecutive days.
How is it given
PENTHROX® is poured into the base of thePENTHROX® INHALER by the healthcare • Coughing (usually in the first few breaths) professional and is absorbed into the wick. You will inhale PENTHROX® either directly from the custom built PENTHROX® INHALER or with the assistance of a face mask. PENTHROX® may • Dislike of characteristic fruity smell Overdose
• Kidney failure (if the recommended dosage is PENTHROX® will be experienced in its use, so it is extremely unlikely that you will be given too This list includes the more common side effects much. The dose of PENTHROX® is limited by of PENTHROX®. They are usually mild and only the amount contained in each bottle.
Tell your healthcare professional if you
While you are being given PENTHROX®
notice anything else that is making you feel
unwell after being given PENTHROX®.

Things you must do
You should breathe in through the mouthpiece,
initially ensuring that the “diluter” hole of the PENTHROX® should be stored below 30°C in Accustom yourself to the characteristic fruitysmell of PENTHROX® by inhaling gently for thefirst two breaths through the PENTHROX® Disposal
INHALER. You should breathe out through the Your healthcare professional will dispose of any excess PENTHROX® liquid and thePENTHROX® INHALER in the appropriate way.
If further relief is required you may cover the“diluter” hole for a higher inhaled concentrationof PENTHROX®.
Product Description
Use PENTHROX® intermittently as required to What it looks like
PENTHROX® is a clear, almost colourless liquidwith a characteristic fruity smell that becomes a Things you must not do
vapour or gas easily once it has been poured Do not give PENTHROX® to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
PENTHROX® is available in 3mL brown glass, Things that may be helpful
tamper proof bottles and comes packaged with You are in control of the level of your relief by directly inhaling PENTHROX® from the custom-built PENTHROX® INHALER.
Healthcare professionals can also obtainadditional bottles of PENTHROX® or the The aim of PENTHROX® is to relieve pain until you feel comfortable. Relief will commenceafter approximately 6-10 breaths. Relief willcontinue for several minutes after ceasing use Ingredients
PENTHROX® has a characteristic fruity smell.
There is a small amount of preservative in Side Effects
Tell your healthcare professional as soon as
possible if you do not feel well after you
Medical Developments International Limited have been given PENTHROX®.
occasionally have unwanted side effects. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they arenot. You may need medical treatment if you get This leaflet was prepared in November 2006.
Ask your healthcare professional to answer
any questions you may have.

Australian Registration Numbers:PENTHROX® (methoxyflurane): AUST R 43144 Other side effects not listed below may occur in Do not be alarmed by this list of possible sideeffects. You may not experience any of them.


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