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Food and drugs alter response to anaesthesia

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7166.1102 (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1102
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Common foods and widely used prescription and over the counter drugs may alter patients' response to muscle relaxants and anaesthetic agents, according to studies presented at the American Aszsociation of Anesthesiologists' meeting in Orlando, Florida.

    Potatoes, tomatoes, and aubergines contain natural insecticide compounds called solanaceous glycoalkaloids that even in small amounts may greatly slow the metabolism of muscle relaxants and anaesthetic agents such as suxamethonium, mivacurium, and cocaine, said Daniel McGehee of the department of anaesthesia …

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