Caffeine may help patients wake up faster after anesthesia

Wednesday 23 August 2017 4 weeks ago 47   New York   Print

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Report  Web Desk : NEW YORK: Caffeine may help patients wake up more quickly after general anesthesia, an animal study suggests. Adult rats were given a 3 percent concentration of a general anesthetic for one hour to simulate effects of a brief surgical procedure. During the last 10 minutes of anesthetic exposure, they received either an injection of either caffeine or a salt solution. The experiment was repeated three times with increasingly higher amounts of caffeine. Each time, rats in the caffeine group woke faster than the others. At the highest dose, the rats in the caffeine group woke up 55 percent sooner than the control group. Caffeine boosts levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate, or cAMP, a compound that regulates cell function. Previous studies have found an increase in cAMP levels speeds recovery from general anesthesia, the researchers said. It also acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist. Nervous system activity slows when adenosine binds to its receptors, causing sleepiness. Caffeine prevents this binding, according to the study authors. It is an important to remember that findings in animal studies frequently fail to produce similar results in humans. (01)