Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) intoxication.

  title={Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) intoxication.},
  author={Phillip E. Mason and William P. Kerns},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  volume={9 7},
  • P. MasonW. Kerns
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) is a naturally occurring analog of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) that has been used in research and clinical medicine for many years. In the past decade it has become very popular as a dietary supplement and recreational drug. Acute overdose leads to profound alteration of mental status and variable amounts of respiratory depression. With proper management, most patients recover fully within six hours. However, respiratory arrest and death have been reported in… 

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