Pentylenetetrazol

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pentylenetetrazol

[¦pent·əl‚ēn′te·trə‚zȯl]
(pharmacology)
C6H10N4 A central nervous system stimulant used as an analeptic.

Pentylenetetrazol

 

or leptazol, a medicinal preparation that exerts a stimulating effect on the central nervous system and stimulates respiration and blood circulation; in large doses it induces convulsions. It is taken internally (in tablets) or injected intramuscularly, subcutaneously, or intravenously (in solution) to stimulate cardiovascular activity and respiration and as a means of terminating or attenuating narcosis; it is sometimes used in convulsive therapy for schizophrenia.

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Then came the shock treatments: insulin, metrazol, and electroshock; lobotomy, which won the 1949 Nobel Prize; and then the drugs.
5) In the United States by the early 1940s there were three major treatments for patients with schizophrenia: insulin coma therapy, Metrazol, and electroshock therapy.