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General Anesthetics

MOA Thiopental - Binds GABAA receptor which results in prolonged opening of Clchannel hyperpolarized membrane causing reduction in neuronal excitability - Benzos bind GABA receptor, results in reduced neuronal excitability - Also used to control seizures and in the alcohol withdraw process to control symptoms USE - used for the induction of anesthesia in combo with inhaled anesthetics ADV - no analgesic activity TOX


- used for pre-op sedation, intra-op sedation for procedures not requiring analgesia, and part of balanced anesthesia

** produces ante grade amnesia, which calms the patient -Alone moderate circulatory and respiratory depression -With Opioids cardiovascular collapse and respiratory arrest can occur -Hypotension - Negative inotropic effects -Pain at the site of injection -Apnea ** Metabolized 10X faster than thiopental - Emergence phenomenon consisting of disorientation, sensory and perceptual illusions, and vivid, often Contra: Head Trauma; b/c ketamine raises intracranial pressure, cerebral flow, and oxygen


- ultra-fast acting drug similar to thiopental - also used in critical care setting as continuous infusion to provide prolonged sedation - Produces dissociative anesthesia characterized by catatonia, amnesia, and analgesia without

- Induction of anesthesia


undergoing cardiac surgery or other major surgeries for which cardiac reserve is limited -Excellent analgesic properties consumption Morphine Opioid Analgesic Fentanyl Opioid Analgesic Sufentanil Opioid Analgesic Alfentanil Opioid Analgesic Remifentanil Opioid Analgesic Etomidate Misc. -For continuous sedation up -Decreased plasma cortisol and aldosterone levels so prolonged use is not advised Dexmedetomidine Misc. transient hypertension -Nausea. SedativeHypnotic -Opioid receptors in CNS -Opioid receptors in CNS -more potency and less respiratory impact than morphine -Similar to Fentanyl but more potent -Similar to Fentanyl but less potent and shorter acting -Similar to Fentanyl but less potent and shorter acting . SedativeHypnotic -Hypoxia -Bradycardia.To induce anesthesia hypnotic agent but lacks analgesic activity -used for patients with coronary artery disease or cardiovascular dysfunction such as shock -Selective Alpha2 adenoreceptor agonist that has sedative and analgesic effects -Used in intensive care units for sedation of intubated and mechanically ventilated pts. vomiting Use Caution: -Hepatic impairment -Advanced Heart block -Geriatric pts. . Sinus arrest. hypotension.actual loss of consciousness unpleasant dreams ** Diazepam 5 -10 min before helps -Used in general anesthetics in pts.

to 24hrs Halothane Volatile Liquid -20% eliminated by metabolism.Some previously exposed pts. HR therefore BP and peripheral resistance . can develop life threatening hepatitis “halothane hepatitis” -fulminant hepatitis cardiac arrhythmias. hypotension -Malignant hyperthermia esp. rest is expired in air Isoflurane Volatile Liquid -Almost all expired in air -Widely used in out-patient surgery -Maintenance of general anesthesia in children b/c non-irritating to the airway -Most commonly used inhaled anesthetic -Maintenance of general anesthesia -Same as above-coronary vasodilatation -Doesn’t effect CO -Can lower BP and reduce peripheral vascular resistance profoundly -Doesn’t sensitize -Potential for malignant hyperthermia -respiratory depression -airway irritant .Less sensitization to catecholamines than halothane Sevoflurane Volatile Liquid -Small percentage metabolized to fluoride ion. with succinylcholine -Fluoride ion from metabolism can be nephrotoxic -can decrease the kidney concentrating ability after prolonged exposure Enflurane Volatile Liquid -2% metabolized in liver to release fluoride ion. rest is expired in air -Rapid induction and maintenance of general anesthesia . rest is expired in the air -Still used in the pediatric population due to pleasant odor and lack of hepatotoxicity -Anemia -Fever -Sensitizes myocardium to the effects of catecholamines - CO.

myocardium to catecholamines -Doesn’t induce arrhythmias Desflurane Volatile Liquid -Eliminated unchanged in expired air Nitrous Oxide Inhaled Gas -Eliminated through lungs -Widely used in outpatient surgery because of rapid onset and recovery -Induction of general anesthesia used in outpatient dentistry in combo with oxygen to provide sedation and significant analgesia -Same as above- -Minimal cardiovascular effects -can displace oxygen to cause “diffusion hypoxia” in the alveoli -Monitor for hypoxia from suppressed ventilation -Contra: -Pneumothorax .