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Can J Anaesth. 1989 Jul;36(4):407-11.

Atracurium and vecuronium interaction with gentamicin and tobramycin.

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Department of Anaesthesia, University of Sherbrooke, P. Que.


Drug interactions between the aminoglycosides (tobramycin and gentamicin) and atracurium and vecuronium were studied prospectively in 44 patients. Twenty-two patients had therapeutic serum levels of tobramycin or gentamicin and 22 served as controls. Onset time, clinical duration, and time to spontaneous recovery of T4/T1 ratio of 0.70 after atracurium or vecuronium injection were measured. No statistically significant differences were found in onset time, but clinical duration and time to recovery were significantly longer in patients receiving tobramycin or gentamicin and paralyzed with vecuronium than for controls (P less than 0.01 for clinical duration and P less than 0.0005 for recovery). The neuromuscular block produced by atracurium was not significantly influenced by the presence of therapeutic serum levels of tobramycin or gentamicin. We conclude that for patients treated with these antibiotics, atracurium may present some advantages over vecuronium when a prolonged block is not desired.

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