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Anaesthetic pharmacology 

Anaesthetic pharmacology
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Anaesthetic pharmacology
Author(s):

Paul Greig

and Nicholas Crabtree

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198716709.003.0002
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date: 20 October 2019

This chapter summarizes the commonly used anaesthetic induction agents, inhalation anaesthetics, muscle relaxants, reversal agents, sympathomimetics, anticholinergics, analgesics, local anaesthetics, and antiemetics. The anaesthetist is in the unusual position of both prescribing and administering a wide range of drugs in theatre. Hence, each drug is presented with a short summary of its presentation, dose, and pharmacokinetics. Common or serious side effects to watch for are also described. A selection of self-assessment questions is provided at the end of the chapter.

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