Physostigmine-induced cerebral protection against hypoxia.
Physostigmine, at 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 mg/kg, was tested for effect on the survival of mice exposed to 5% O2-95% N2. Some treated animals survived for one hour under the hypoxic atmosphere (2 out of 14 at 0.1 mg/kg and 8 out of 28 at 0.2 and 0.3 mg/kg), an event never observed in untreated controls. The physostigmine-treated animals that died before the hour showed a dose-related increase in survival time from 4.3 min (untreated controls) to 27.6 min (0.3 mg/kg physostigmine). The effect of physostigmine may be related to its reported ability to increase cerebral blood flow and decrease cerebral oxygen consumption
- Copyright © 1979 by American Heart Association