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Podcast #189: Caffeine

Author:  Donald Stader M.D. Educational Pearls: Coffee originates from Ethiopia. Its “active ingredient” is caffeine Caffeine is a xanthine alkaloid used in medicine to control headache and as a neonatal stimulant Studies have shown that coffee may increase lifespan Overdose can be encountered in those using diet pills or concentrated caffeine pills and is treated…

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Podcast #164: Procainamide

Run Time: 2 minutes Author: Aaron Lessen M.D. Educational Pearls: There are patients that present to the ER with ugly wide complex tachycardias, but are stable and talking – It is possible to try and use medications before immediately running to shock the patient back into a normal sinus rhythm. Possible medications for cardioversion of…

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Podcast #39: Propranolol Overdose

Run Time: 4 minutes Author: Rachael Duncan, PharmD BCPS Educational Pearls: Propranolol overdose presents with bradycardia, hypotension, decreased activity, and decreased body temperature. Propranolol is a lipophilic beta-blocker. Appropriate reversal agents for overdose on propranolol are epinephrine, dopamine, glucagon, calcium, levophed, and an IV lipid sink to sequester the propranolol. In cardiogenic shock, the heart begins…

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