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General Anesthesia in a Patient with Chronic Amphetamine Use

You are assigned to anesthetize a 59-yr-old female for a total hip replacement. Her history is significant for depression and she has taken dextroamphetamine 15 mg b.d. for over 3yr. Would you proceed or would you recommend discontinuing amphetamine therapy before general anesthesia, and thereby delay the surgery?

Keywords

General Anesthesia Elective Surgical Patient Chronic Amphetamine Respiratory Stimulant Peripheral Nerve Terminal 
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