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What Men Need to Know About ED Drugs and Anesthesia

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – Men who take erectile dysfunction drugs need to alert the anesthetist before having surgery or other medical procedures, hospital experts say. Erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis contain nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and relaxes muscles. If they are combined with anesthesia and other medication used during surgery, a patient's blood pressure may become dangerously low, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists said. The association said men must be forthright about their use of erectile dysfunction drugs and any other medications, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies. Men should stop taking erectile dysfunction drugs a few days before surgery, because they take at least 24 hours to clear the body, the group said. The association recommends that you make sure your spouse, a family member or friend knows you use an ... Read more

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A Movie Instead of Anesthesia for Kids' Radiation Therapy

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – For children with cancer, watching movies during radiation therapy might eliminate their need for general anesthesia, a new study suggests. Kid-friendly movies such as "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Cars" helped reduce the risks, trauma and costs of treatment for kids evaluated in the small European study. Cancer is rare in children, but those who develop tumors in their brain, bone and other soft tissues may require radiation therapy. "Being treated with radiotherapy means coming in for a treatment every weekday for four to six weeks. The children need to remain motionless during treatment and, on the whole, that means a general anesthesia. That, in turn, means they have to keep their stomach empty for six hours before the treatment," said study author and radiation therapist Catia Aguas. "We wanted to see if installing a projector and letting children watch a ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Anesthesia, Light Anesthesia, Nausea/Vomiting - Radiation Induced, History - Radiation Therapy, Coma Induction, Anesthetic Adjunct

FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – Repeated or lengthy use – longer than three hours – of general anesthetic and sedation drugs may harm the developing brains of fetuses and children younger than 3 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. After reviewing the latest published studies, the agency announced that these warnings need to be added to the labels of these drugs. The agency also issued a Drug Safety Communication to inform health care providers, parents and caregivers of the potential danger. "We recognize that in many cases these exposures may be medically necessary, and these new data regarding the potential harms must be carefully weighed against the risk of not performing a specific medical procedure," Dr. Janet Woodcock said in an agency news release. She is director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Parents and caregivers are often ... Read more

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Anesthesia Safe for Infants, Toddlers, Study Says

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 – General anesthesia doesn't seem to harm young children's mental development, new research concludes. "A number of animal studies have suggested that exposure to commonly used anesthetic agents in early development could lead to deficits in learning, memory, attention and other cognitive functions," said study author Dr. Lena Sun. She is a professor of pediatric anesthesiology and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "However, few clinical studies have adequately addressed whether this is also true in humans," Sun said in a Columbia news release. The new study findings are "good news for parents whose children need anesthesia for elective surgery or a diagnostic procedure," she added. Still, the study leaves some important questions unanswered, Sun said. "We need to take a closer look at the effect of anesthesia on cognitive function ... Read more

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