Caffeine and Sodium Benzoate
Anesthesiologists conducted research with this and other central nervous system stimulants to see if they could counteract side effects, such as diminished blood pressure or respiration, during anesthesia. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the combination of caffeine and sodium benzoate was used in injections to stimulate the heart and breathing. The later development of improved ventilation techniques provided a safer and more effective means for these purposes. This example of the drug was probably manufactured in the 1950s, and was packaged in the form of ready-to-use injection ampoules, called “Ampins”.
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