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Mivacurium is a muscle relaxant used to relax the skeletal muscles, facilitate the insertion of a breathing tube and allow mechanical ventilation during surgery or other medical interventions.

Mivacurium and the benefit of DNA analysis

The rate at which mivacurium is processed within your body varies from one individual to another. This means that the efficacy and side effects of mivacurium can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes. Preventive DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.

Mivacurium and the enzyme BChE

Mivacurium is processed within the body primarily by the enzyme BChE (butyrylcholinesterase). The activity of this enzyme can vary considerably depending on your genetic predisposition, which means the efficacy of mivacurium can also differ from person to person.

Information about your genetic predisposition may therefore provide grounds for extra vigilance in relation to a treatment with mivacurium.

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Also known as

Mivacron, Mivacurium chloride
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