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Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Physical Properties of Inhalational Agents

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While there are multiple inhalational agents discovered over the past few decades, only three remain particularly relevant today in the United States. This chapter will review major properties of sevoflurane, desflurane, isoflurane, nitrous oxide, and halothane in clinical practice as well as the basic pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of inhalational agents.

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Sevoflurane

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Desflurane

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Isoflurane

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Nitrous oxide

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Halothane

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Ko, H., Kaye, A.D., Urman, R.D. (2015). Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Physical Properties of Inhalational Agents. In: Kaye, A., Kaye, A., Urman, R. (eds) Essentials of Pharmacology for Anesthesia, Pain Medicine, and Critical Care. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8948-1_3

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