A man in his 60s was admitted to the emergency department with chest pain following an intentional overdose of nicorandil and ranolazine. He was known to have an extensive cardiac history and had taken his prescribed medication with suicidal ideation. On presentation, he was hypotensive with a blood pressure of 70/50 mm Hg despite fluid resuscitation. He was commenced on vasopressor support and transferred to the intensive care unit. Despite an adequate blood pressure on vasopressors, he suffered a ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest. Return of spontaneous circulation with a Glasgow Coma Score of 15 was achieved following cardiopulmonary resuscitation and three direct current shocks. Following subsequent continuous overnight significant vasopressor dependence, a dose of glucagon was given, and within 2 hours, his vasopressor requirement ceased, maintaining an unsupported normal blood pressure. He remained stable and was subsequently discharged to the coronary care unit for monitoring.
- Cardiovascular system
- Drug interactions
- Adult intensive care
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