Ketamine Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss ketamine pharmacology.

Ketamine is primarily broken down by CYP2B6 which fortunately does not have a lot of common medications that can interfere with its action.

Ketamine can cause psychiatric type adverse effects such as hallucinations, nightmares, and vivid dreams.

At lower to moderate dosages, ketamine does have some mild sympathetic activity which can raise blood pressure and heart rate.

I discuss important drug interactions on the podcast, be sure to check out my latest project which is a 200+ page book on managing drug interactions in primary care.

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Propofol Pharmacology

On this episode of the Real Life Pharmacology podcast, I breakdown propofol pharmacology.

Propofol is a CNS depressant that is used for general anesthesia.

I discuss propofol infusion syndrome in this episode and what to look out for clinically.

Adding a benzodiazepine or opioid to propofol may have a synergistic effect and the propofol dose may need to be reduced.

I discuss important drug interactions on the podcast, be sure to check out my latest project which is a 200+ page book on managing drug interactions in primary care.

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Dexmedetomidine Pharmacology

Dexmedetomidine is a selective alpha-2-adrenergic agonist with sedative characteristics.

Dexmedetomidine is commonly used in ICU and procedural sedation, as well as postoperative pain.

A few of the more serious adverse effects of dexmedetomidine to keep an eye on including bradyarrhythmias/bradycardia and hypotension.

Dexmedetomidine undergoes hepatic metabolism, meaning a dose reduction may be required in patients with impaired hepatic function.

Major drug interactions to monitoring for with dexmedetomidine include co-administration with anesthetics, sedatives, hypnotics, and opioids, as it may lead to an enhancement of effects.

I discuss important drug interactions on the podcast, be sure to check out my latest project which is a 200+ page book on managing drug interactions in primary care.

It is also important to note that dexmedetomidine may produce withdrawal symptoms if used for longer than 24 hours.

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