Doxacurium is a muscle relaxant that is often used in conjunction with general anesthesia during surgery. It relaxes the skeletal muscles, making it easier to intubate the patient during a surgical procedure. It may also be used to help relax muscles in order to put a patient on a ventilation machine.
This medication should only be administered in a hospital by medical personnel familiar with its use. Overdosage of this medication can cause apnea; patients will then need to be placed on a ventilation machine until the medication wears off. Patients may also experience muscular weakness after being given this medication.