How is acidosis treated in cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Acidosis has a profoundly adverse effect on myocardial contractility and may potentiate the effect of catecholamines. The correction of arterial pH, through ventilatory assistance and appropriate use of sodium bicarbonate, may be effective in terminating cocaine-induced dysrhythmias with resulting improvement of hemodynamics.


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