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Statins and succinylcholine interaction: A cause of concern for serious muscular damage in anesthesiology practice!

Statins and succinylcholine interaction: A cause of concern for serious muscular damage in anesthesiology practice!

Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia 7(4): 442-446

Statins are being extensively used in cardiac patient throughout the globe. Succinylcholine has been the mainstay of profound relaxation during induction and intubation of anesthesia for almost six decades now. The interactive properties of these drugs have been of major concern during routine anesthesiology practice in the last few years. However, no major research trial, prospective studies or meta-analysis are available, which can truly allay the fears of possible potential negative synergistic interactions between these two commonly used drugs. Whatever the evidence is available is hardly enough to support a positive outcome and the results have been drawn from observations of only few small studies. As a result, a continuous need among anesthesiologist fraternity is felt to arrive at a suitable inference, which can predict definite consequences of this synergistic interaction. The present article reviews some of the important observations of few handful studies which were carried out to observe any potential adverse interactions between succinylcholine and statins.

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Accession: 055911866

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PMID: 24348298

DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.121078

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