Keywords: Nitroprusside (PubMed Search)
Nitroprusside-Friend or Foe?
Nitroprusside is a direct venous and arteriolar vasodilator and is very effective at lowering blood pressure. It has been used for the treatment of hypertensive emergencies for many years and most of are comfortable with using it.
The problems with the drug:
Marik PE, etc. Hypertensive crises: challenges and management. Chest 2007;131:1949-62