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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 135-140

Rave drugs and anesthesiology practice: A pharmacoclinical review

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Gian Sagar Medical College And Hospital, Banur, Punjab, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0738.167498

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Rave drugs are a class of synthetic drugs that are becoming increasingly popular among the adolescents and youths, especially those who participate in parties where the use of these drugs is rampant. Because of the wrong perception regarding their ability to increase sociability, energy, and safety, they are being extensively abused and are making alarming inroads in the Indian social scenario too. Anesthesiologists can expect to come across rave drug users in their clinical practice. Considering the settings in which rave parties are held, it is likely that anesthesiologists will have to deal with rave drug users in emergency situations. However, it is possible for anesthesiologists to come across such patients who are posted for elective surgeries too. This review attempts to increase awareness among anesthesiologists about the emerging societal menace of rave drugs and their pharmacological characteristics, their effects on various organ systems, and their associated anesthetic interactions.

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