Dholakia, U., Seddighi, R., Odunayo, A. et al. 2019. Prolonged anesthetic recovery after continuous infusion of midazolam in 2 domestic cats (Felis catus). Comparative Medicine 69(4), 321–326.

Two healthy research cats involved in a randomized, blinded prospective pharmacodynamics study evaluating midazolam continuous-rate infusion as a means to decrease sevoflurane concentrations experienced unexpectedly prolonged recoveries. Midazolam loading doses, infusion rates, and the targeted plasma midazolam concentrations at steady-state were determined by pharmacokinetic modeling based on the results of a preliminary pharmacokinetic study using a single dose of midazolam. In the pharmacodynamics study, cats remained oversedated after recovery from anesthesia, and plasma concentrations of midazolam and its primary metabolite (1-hydroxymidazolam) remained elevated. The use of flumazenil was unsuccessful in timely treatment of oversedation. Administration of intravenous lipid emulsion was used in one of the cats to facilitate recovery and appeared to be effective in both reducing the depth of midazolam-induced oversedation and significantly reducing the plasma concentration of 1-hydroxymidazolam. The effects after the administration of both treatment modalities on clinical signs and plasma drug concentrations in cats are discussed. The observations suggest that cats may eliminate 1-hydroxymidazolam more slowly than expected; consequently dose adjustments may be required when continuous infusion of midazolam is intended. In addition, intravenous lipid emulsion may facilitate recovery from midazolam oversedation, particularly in cases unresponsive to traditional treatment modalities. However, further investigations are warranted to delineate the efficacy of this modality in the treatment of midazolam oversedation.

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