A stimulant commonly used to treat ADHD may help patients wake up from general anesthesia. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found Ritalin successfully can speed up the recovery time after anesthesia in animal studies. Imaging of rats given Ritalin after surgery showed brain rhythms linked to waking up within 30 seconds of getting the drug. Experts say Ritalin could prove to be the first safe and effective way to reverse the effects when there are complications from anesthesia.
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