Physostigmine for gamma-hydroxybutyrate coma: Inefficacy, adverse events, and review

@article{Zvosec2007PhysostigmineFG,
  title={Physostigmine for gamma-hydroxybutyrate coma: Inefficacy, adverse events, and review},
  author={Deborah L. Zvosec and Stephen W. Smith and Regina Litonjua and Richard E. J. Westfal},
  journal={Clinical Toxicology},
  year={2007},
  volume={45},
  pages={261 - 265}
}
Physostigmine has been proposed as an antidote for gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) intoxication, based on associated awakenings in 1) patients anesthetized with GHB and 2) five of six patients administered physostigmine for GHB intoxication. However, there are neither well-supported mechanisms for physostigmine reversal of GHB effects, supportive animal studies, nor randomized, placebo-controlled trials demonstrating safety, efficacy, or improved outcomes. We sought to determine the outcomes of… 
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