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A person gardening suddenly gets blurred vision, dilated (and non-reactive to light) pupils, flushed skin and dry mouth. What is the toxin and the condition?

Jimson Weed (belladona alkaloids=toxin)
produces atropine-like syndrome (flushing, dry/hot skin, mydriasis, loss of accomodation, urinary retention, tachycardia, vasoconstriction, bronchodilation, etc.)


mechanism of action of probenecid and when you would prescribe it

decreases renal reabsorption of uric acid, used --along with xanthine oxidase inhibitors (allopurinol and febuxostat) to treat chronic gout (not acute: NSAIDs and colchicine for acute)


pleocytosis in CSF upon lumbar puncture suggests you should give what treatment

ampicillin for Listeria monocytogenes


what is the best drug to treat hypertension in a patient with chronic ischemic myocardial failure

ACE inhibitors;
in addition to lower BP, they prevent myocardial remodelling and prevent deterioration of ventricular contractile function


name three 3rd generation aromatase inhibitors;
what do they treat

anastrozole, letrozole and exemestane;
treats breast cancer in postmenopausal women with breast cancer


what endogenous inflammatory mediator increases the thermoregulatory set point in the hypothalamus (note: pyrogenic cytokines act by increasing levels of this mediator)



most commonly used medication for osteoporosis

bisphosphanates (i.e. alendronate, risedronate, ibandronate)

note: bisphosphonates are structural analogues of pyrophosphate


after a subarachnoid hemorrhage what drug would you want to give to prevent cerebral vasospasm that can result from the metabolites released from the hemorrhage

nimodipine: a dihydropryridine calcium channel blocker that acts in the cerebral vasculature


what are the two ways that N-acetylcysteine helps treat acetominaphen overdose

1. acts like a substitute for glutathione to bind NAPQI
2. provides sulfhydrul groups to sulfate and thereby eliminate acetominaphen


if a patient has been given too high of a dose of nitroprusside and develops altered mental status what should be given next and why

sulfur (in the form of sodium thiosulfate);
this patient has cyanide poisoning from too much nitroprusside; sodium thiosulfate helps liver rhodanase add sulfur to cyanide for elimination in the form of thiocyanate


etanercept, infliximab, and certolizumab pegol all act to inhibit activity of what agent?
how do they each do this?

inhibition of TNF-alpha activity:
-etanercept is a decoy (fusion protein of TNF-alpha and Fc region of IgG)

-infliximab is a monoclonal antibody against TNF-alpha

-certolizumab pegol is a pegylated monoclonal antibody against TNF-alpha (lacks Fc region of IgG so it prevents complement and cell-mediated cytotoxicity)


first line therapy for isolated hypertension in a non-diabetic vs. first line treatment for HTN in a diabetic patient

1st line for HTN alone= thiazides and dihydropyridine Ca2+ channel antagonists

1st line for HTN in diabetic= ACE-Is and ARBs


is macrophage elastase or neutrophil elastase inhibited by alpha1-antitrypsin

neutrophil elastase is inhibited, but macrophage elastase is not


most effective drug at raising HDL levels;
most effective drug at lowering LDL levels



what drug is metabolized to form phenobarbitol



a patient treated for depression now has flushing, hypotension, tachycardia and premature ventricular beats; what would you give to treat the patient

this patient has TCA-induced arrhythmia (blockade of Na+ fast channels =>prolonged QRS and/or QT, dysrrhythmia); NaHCO3 can correct prolonged QRS, reverse hypotension and treat ventricular dysrhythmias