(Medical Nitrous Oxide 50% v/v and Medical Oxygen 50% v/v)
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
Please read this leaflet carefully before you receive this treatment. It provides a summary of the information known about your treatment. If you have any questions or are unsure about anything, ask your doctor.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or healthcare professional has weighed the risks of you using Medical Equanox against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about using Medical Equanox , ask your doctor.
Keep this leaflet with you, you may want to read it again.
What Medical Equanox is used for
Medical Equanox is a gas mixture of 50% Medical Nitrous Oxide and 50% Medical Oxygen (nominal) used for pain relief.
Medical Equanox works by relieving pain for certain procedures.
Your doctor may prescribe Medical Equanox for another purpose. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Medical Equanox has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Before you use Medical Equanox
Do not take Medical Equanox if
- You have a condition where air is entrapped within your body and it might expand when given nitrous oxide (e.g. bowel obstruction, blocked middle ear, following a recent dive). Ask your doctor for full details of these conditions.
- You have been using Medical Equanox for a prolonged period without proper monitoring of your blood.
- You are intoxicated or heavily sedated.
You must tell your doctor if
- You have had a reaction to Medical Equanox or any other general anaesthetic or pain relief medication in the past.
- You have had a general anaesthetic.
- You have or have had any other health problems or medical conditions, including:
- Low vitamin B12 levels.
- Head injuries with impairment of consciousness.
- Artificial, traumatic or spontaneous pneumothorax.
- Air embolism.
- Decompression sickness.
- Following a recent dive.
- Following air encephalography.
- Sever bullous emphysema.
- During myringoplasty.
- Gross abdominal distension.
- Maxillofacial injuries.
- You are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Pregnant females may experience spontaneous abortion and low birth weight babies.
- You have had long term usage or been chronically exposed to nitrous oxide.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Your doctor may have more information on medicines to avoid while using Medical Equanox.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start using Medical Equanox .
How to use Medical Equanox
Medical Equanox should only be used under the supervision of your doctor or healthcare professional.
How much to use and how to use it
The amount of Medical Equanox given to you will be decided by your doctor, depending on the amount of pain relief required. It is usually given to you by breathing it through a mask or mouthpiece.
If you are elderly or have lung problems, you may need a lesser amount of Medical Equanox.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. These directions may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor for help.
How long to use it
Your doctor will decide for how long you need to use Medical Equanox.
If you use too much (overdose)
As Medical Equanox is most likely to be given to you under the direction of your doctor, anaesthetist, ambulance officer, dentist or nurse, it is very unlikely you will receive an overdose. However, if this happened, quick action can be taken to maintain your breathing and replace the Medical Equanox with oxygen.
If you have any questions, then ask your doctor.
While you are taking Medical Equanox
Things you must do
Tell your doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Medical Equanox.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Medical Equanox.
Tell your doctor if you have taken a general anaesthetic.
Be sure to keep all of your appointments with your doctor so that your progress can be checked.
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking Medical Equanox without first checking with your doctor.
Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using Medical Equanox.
Medical Equanox may have unwanted side effects in some people. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you experience some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- Nausea, vomiting.
- Headache, dizziness.
These side effects are usually mild.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
- Confusion, excitation, depression.
- Breathing problems.
- Heart problems.
- Pins and needles, changes in sensation.
- Bleeding, fits.
- Abdominal pain, bloating.
- Paraestsiqe in the legs.
- Hyperflexia and weakness of the intrinsic hand muscles.
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare. Other side effects may occur as a result of other medications received, so check with your doctor if you have any concerns.
If any of the above happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to casualty at your nearest hospital.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Ask your doctor if you don’t understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.You may not experience any of them.
After using Medical Equanox
Medical Equanox is supplied to the hospital or clinic or doctor and they will be responsible for ensuring the container is stored in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Medical Equanox is supplied to the hospital or clinic or doctor and they will be responsible for ensuring the container is returned to the manufacturer.
What it looks like
Medical Equanox is a clear, colourless, slightly sweet smelling, non-irritating gas. supplied in a pressurised gas cylinder with a valve. The gas cylinder contains only Medical Equanox. The gas cylinders’ colour code is a white body with a ultramarine & white triangle shoulder (plus 2 x “N”) as determined by AS4484.
Cylinder sizes include 2.8l, 9.5l, 23l, 50l, as measured by nominal water capacity.
Nitrous oxide: 50% v/v /
Oxygen: 50% v/v.
Coregas Pty Ltd.
66 Loftus Road.
AUST R 27141.
This leaflet was prepared in June 2013.
Published by MIMS November 2019