Etomidate is used for anesthesia during surgery. Tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking.

Etomidate Overview


Etomidate is a prescription medication used as anesthesia during surgery.  Etomidate belongs to a group of drugs called general anesthetics.  These work to put you to sleep during surgery.

This medication is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects of etomidate include injection site pain, muscle movements, and changes in breathing.

Patient Ratings for Etomidate

How was your experience with Etomidate?

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What are you taking Etomidate for?

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  • Other
  • Brain Ischemia
  • Head Injuries, Closed
  • Pain
  • Status Epilepticus

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Etomidate Cautionary Labels


Uses of Etomidate

Etomidate is a prescription medication used for anesthesia during surgery or medical procedures.  Anesthesia reduces or prevents pain.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Etomidate Brand Names

Etomidate may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Etomidate Drug Class

Etomidate is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Etomidate

Serious side effects have been reported with etomidate.  See the "Drug Precautions" section.

Common side effects of etomidate include the following:

  • Injection site pain
  • muscle movements
  • changes in breathing

This is not a complete list of etomidate side effects.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.  You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.