Case Study II -- Physostigmine Script

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Case Study II -- Physostigmine SCRIPT Jennifer: Good morning and welcome to Drugs With Jenn. Today’s featured drug will be physostigmine. We’ll be talking to two different characters, as well as the opportunity to chat with a specialist on the drug. Physostigmine can be considered a smart drug in that it has been proven to improve memory in humans and mice. Terra Magnuson is a specialist on physostigmine who currently teaches at the University of Washington and has published several well-researched case studies. Please welcome Doc Terra! Terra: Thank you for having me, Jenn. So let’s talk about physostigmine. Physostigmine can be used to treat some cases of schizophrenia, glaucoma, and hypoxia. For those of you who don’t know what hypoxia is, it’s a lack of oxygen in the body. Physostigmine is an antagonist of propofol, which is an anesthetic. For example, if a patient was taking physostigmine to treat glaucoma and was going into surgery for whatever reason, the doctor would not want to give the patient propofol as an anesthetic. The physostigmine would reduce the effectiveness of the anesthesia, and ultimately cause the patient to become conscience during the surgery. Jennifer: Wow, how interesting! Could you tell us more about the physical aspects of the drug? Terra:
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