Which medications in the drug class Alpha/Beta Adrenergic Agonists are used in the treatment of Cyanide Toxicity?

Updated: May 30, 2020
  • Author: Inna Leybell, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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Alpha/Beta Adrenergic Agonists

These agents augment coronary and cerebral blood flow during the low-flow states associated with cyanide poisoning.

Epinephrine (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr, Adrenaclick, Auvi-Q, Adrenalin)

Epinephrine is the drug of choice for treating anaphylactoid reactions. It has alpha-agonist effects that include increased peripheral vascular resistance, reversed peripheral vasodilatation, systemic hypotension, and vascular permeability. Its beta-agonist effects include bronchodilatation, chronotropic cardiac activity, and positive inotropic effects.


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