Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of anesthetic agents used as premedication in patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for diagnoses of bipolar disorder or major depression in terms of convulsion, recovery period, and hemodynamic parameters. Materials and Method: This retrospective study was carried out by screening the anesthesia forms of patients in a psychiatry clinic in Turkey. Results: Researchers reviewed 104 patient files, of which 39 fit the inclusion criteria. 26 patients were given premedication; 13 patients were not given premedication. The study found a significant difference between the group to which dexmedetomidine was given and the non-premedication group in terms of mean arterial blood pressure and heart rate. A significant difference was also found between the group to which midazolam was given and the non-premedication group in terms of peripheral oxygen saturation. Conclusion: Premedication before ECT may be used to reduce the side effects after ECT without affecting convulsions and the recovery period.
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Ozen, Volkan and Orhan, Mehmet Emin
"Review of the effects of anesthetic agents used as premedication for patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy with diagnoses of bipolar disorder or major depression on convulsion, recovery period, and hemodynamic parameters,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences: Vol. 6:
2, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/jmms/vol6/iss2/14