How do medications treat toxic anoxia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Although medication is generally not the primary treatment for toxic anoxia, it is important in some cases. Medication used to treat toxic anoxia works by stabilizing the brain or by reversing the chemical problem that caused the condition. Barbiturates may be given to relax and slow the brain's activity level, thereby allowing the brain to repair itself. More importantly, medications may be used as antidotes for the common poisons that cause toxic anoxia. The type of antidote use obviously depends on the type of chemical ingested or inhaled, but they all work to counteract the effects of specific toxins affecting the brain.

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