Aminophylline increases seizure length during electroconvulsive therapy.

  title={Aminophylline increases seizure length during electroconvulsive therapy.},
  author={Larry Stern and Pinhas Dannon and Shmuel Hirschmann and S Schriber and D Amytal and Ornah T. Dolberg and Leon J. Grunhaus},
  journal={The journal of ECT},
  volume={15 4},
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for patients with major depression and persistent psychosis. Seizure characteristics probably determine the therapeutic effect of ECT; as a consequence, short seizures are accepted as one of the factors of poor outcome. During most ECT courses seizure threshold increases and seizure duration decreases. Methylxanthine preparations, caffeine, and theophylline have been used to prolong seizure duration. The… CONTINUE READING


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