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Emergency Medical Minute


Apr 30, 2019

Author: Erik Verzemnieks, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Buproprion is used as an antidepressant and for smoking cessation
  • Severe buproprion overdoses can cause seizures and lead to cardiac dysrhythmias
  • Benzodiazepines are treatment of choice for seizures
  • Bicarbonate and Interlipid are also possible treatment options with less evidence


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