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two groups of skeletal muscle relaxers

depolarizing and non-depolarizing

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5 steps of normal neuromuscular function

1. Axn potential arrives at nerve terminal
2. influx of Ca++ and release of Ach
3. Ach diffuses across synaptic cleft
4. Nicotine receptors activated on nerve endplate
5. Muscle contracts

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what are the non-depolarizing (antagonist) agents ?

" - curiums" and "-roniums"

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what is the depolarizing (agonist) agent ?

succinylcholine

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MOA of neuromuscular blocking agents

Agents block cholinergic transmission between motor nerve ending and nicotinic receptors on skeletal muscle

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uses for neuromuscular block?

Facilitate tracheal intubation
Provide complete muscle relaxation
adjunct to anesthesia (decreased anesthesia dose and faster recovery)

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what are the two groups of non-depolarizing (antagonist) neuromusc. blocking agents?

short acting ( 30-60min)
long acting( 60-120min)

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what are the short-acting non-depolarizing NM blocking agents?

Atracurium
Cisatracurium
Rocuronium (VERY rapid onset, short DOA)
Vecuronium

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what is the long-acting non-depolarizing NM blocking agent?

Pancuronium

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MOA of non-depol. NM blockers

competitive antagonists - block Ach from binding to receptor and activating it

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clinical effect of non-depol NM blockers

progression- muscle weakness then complete muscle paralysis

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large or small muscles more resistant to NM blockade ? what does this mean?

large muscles, paralyzed last but recover first

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all NM blocking agents (depol and nondepol) are polar or nonpolar, why is this significant?

polar: can't get into CNS when given orally so NEED to be IV.

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you can get an increase NM blockade when giving nondepol agents with _______

antibiotics (usually aminoglycosides- GNATS)
- the abx DECREASE the release of Ach which enhances the blockade but INCR. RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION

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how can you reverse the effect of nondepol NM blockers?

they are competative antagonists, so you can FLOOD with an agonist (Ach)
- give acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (e.g. neostigmine) so you have more Ach

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what is the MOA of succinylcholine?

this is our "agonist" depolarizing agent.
- mimics Ach to depolarize NM, stays attached and constantly is depolarizing... unable to depol again while this drug is present.

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when are you using succinylcholine?

adjunct to general anesthesia
- help tracheal intubation, skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation in adequately sedated patients

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what is the metabolism of of succinylcholine (depol NM block) ?

Metabolized by plasma pseudocholinesterase
DOA: 4-30 minutes
-drug disappears rapidly after discontinuation

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what is the "genetic variant" for succinylcholine?

some people (w/ this variant) have PROLONGED effects from the drug

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4 ADRs of depolarizing NM blocker (succinycholine)?

1. apnea
2. hyperkalemia
3. muscle pain
4. malignant hyperthermia

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how can succinycholine cause apnea?

Deficiency/atypical form of plasma cholinesterase leads to prolonged apnea from diaphragm paralysis

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how can succinycholine cause hyperkalemia? why is this significant?

Succinylcholine increases K+ release from intracellular stores.
-Damaged tissue ( burns, nerve damage, trauma, etc) has rapid loss of K+
*can lead to cardiac arrest

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what 4 things can cause malignant hyperthermia ?

inhaled anesthetics + succinylcholine OR
-Genetic excitation-contraction coupling defect, burn victims, muscular dystrophy

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what is malignant hyperthermia? what can it ultimately lead to?

Uncontrolled increased in skeletal muscle metabolism with SUDDEN, PROLONGED RELEASE OF Ca++
(overwhelm's body's capacity to supply O2, remove CO2 and regulate temp)
-fast rise in BODY TEMP, SEVERE MUSCLE CONTRACTIONS
- circulatory collapse and death !!

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what would you use to txt succinylcholine+inhaled anesthetic - induced malignant hyperkalemia?

dantrolene

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"when you hear allergy to Ach-drug think of ...."

malignant hyperthermia!
- if pt has allergy to a cholinergic, could potentially get malignant hyperthermia from inhaled anesthesia + succinycholine
- txt with dantrolene!

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MOA of Dantrolene

a direct acting skeletal muscle RELAXANT
-prevents release of Ca+ in skel. muscle

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two clinical uses of Dantrolene

1. Txt of spasticity associated with upper motor neuron disorders (eg, spinal cord injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis)
2. Malignant hyperthermia - IV

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All Spasmolytics are _____ _______ except for dantrolene. why is this significant?

centrally acting
-Provide significant relief from painful muscle spasm but don’t really help improve meaningful function
E.g., mobility or returning to work

30

what is Diazepam (Valium) used for?

Spasmolytic:
relief of skeletal muscle spasm due to inflammation, trauma or upper motor neuron disorders (cerebral palsy, MS)