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Approximately 30 minutes later, her is highly effective as migraine prophylaxis in up to 80% of headache starts to improve, but she feels nauseated and patients. It is used for severe migraine or cluster headaches notices that her fingers are turning white (despite being refractory to other measures. She is seen in the local Accident and Emergency Department where her headache has now disap- specialist hospital supervision because of its severe toxicity peared, but the second and fifth fingers on her left hand are (retroperitoneal fibrosis and fibrosis of the heart valves and now blue and she has lost sensation in the other fingers of pleura). The smallest dose that suppresses about 75% of the The problem is that the patient has inadvertently ingested headaches is used for the shortest period of time possible. No more than four Cafergot tablets should be taken during any 24-hour period (a maximum of eight tablets per week). The major toxicity of ergotamine is Key points related to its potent α-agonist activity, which causes severe Migraine and its drug treatment vasoconstriction and potentially leads to digital and limb ischaemia. Cardiac and cerebral ischaemia may also be pre- • The clinical features of classical migraine consist of aura cipitated or exacerbated. Treatment consists of keeping the followed by unilateral and then generalized throbbing limb warm but not hot, together with a vasodilator – either headache, photophobia and visual disturbances (e. Migraine: current • Up to 70% of acute attacks are aborted with simple therapeutic targets and future avenues. Topiramate, valproate, tricyclic antidepressants, cyproheptadine and, in exceptional cases only, methysergide may also be effective. It is the partial pressure of an The modern practice of anaesthesia most commonly involves anaesthetic agent in the brain that determines the onset of anaes- the administration of an intravenous anaesthetic agent to thesia, and this equates with the alveolar partial pressure of induce rapid loss of consciousness, amnesia and inhibition of that agent. Anaesthesia is maintained sia depends on factors that determine the rate of transfer of conventionally by the continuous administration of an inhala- the anaesthetic agent from alveoli to arterial blood and from tional anaesthetic agent and cessation of administration results arterial blood to brain (Figure 24. An opioid is often administered for anal- gesia, and in many cases a muscle relaxant is given in order to • Anaesthetic concentration in the inspired air – increases in the produce paralysis. A combination of drugs is normally used inspired anaesthetic concentration increase the rate of and the concept of a ‘triad of anaesthesia’ (Figure 24. None Agents with higher solubility in blood are associated with of the drugs in current use is flammable (unlike ether! It is a poor analgesic, but when co-adminis- pulmonary blood flow, as occurs in shock, hastens tered with nitrous oxide and oxygen, it is effective and con- induction. Although apparently simple to use, its little influence on induction with insoluble agents, as the therapeutic index is relatively low and overdose is easily pro- alveolar concentration is always high. Warning signs of overdose are bradycardia, hypoten- agents show significant increases in alveolar tension with sion and tachypnoea. It potentiates most non-depolarizing muscle relax- anaesthetic in venous blood returning to the lungs is ants, as do other volatile anaesthetics. The greater the difference in tension between venous and arterial blood, the more slowly equilibrium will be Adverse effects achieved. All general anaesthetics depress reduction in tidal volume, although the rate of breathing spontaneous and evoked activity of neurones, especially synap- increases. There are two types of hepatic dysfunction hyperpolarization of neurones by activating potassium and following halothane anaesthesia: mild, transient chloride channels, and this leads to an increase in action subclinical hepatitis due to the reaction of halothane with potential threshold and decreased firing. Progressive depres- hepatic macromolecules, and (very rare) massive hepatic sion of ascending pathways in the reticular activating system necrosis due to formation of a hapten–protein complex produces complete but reversible loss of consciousness.

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