Doxapram is an analeptic, used for improving breathing in patients after surgery or overdose of certain medicines. It works by stimulating the breathing center of the brain by altering the natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain. It is also used to treat chronic lung disease associated with excessive carbon dioxide in the blood.
It is used in:
- Post-anesthesia: stimulate respiration in drug-induced post-anesthesia respiratory depression
- Drug-induced respiratory rate depression
- Chronic pulmonary disease associated with hypercapnia