Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
Clinical Research

Analgesic effect of magnesium sulfate during total intravenous anesthesia: randomized clinical study

Sebastião E. Silva Filho, Carlson S. Sandes, Joaquim E. Vieira, Ismar L. Cavalcante

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Introduction and objective
: Opioids have usually been used as intraoperative analgesic components, regardless of the many adverse effects they are associated with, such as nausea, vomiting, respiratory depression, and hyperalgesia. Several approaches have been investigated to reduce doses used, and magnesium sulfate has been shown to be a valuable analgesic adjunct. The main objective of the present trial was to evaluate the effectiveness of magnesium sulfate as the chief intraoperative analgesic, and the secondary objectives were to assess propofol consumption, postoperative analgesia, and intraoperative hemodynamic stability.

In this prospective, double-blind trial, 50 patients scheduled to undergo post-bariatric abdominoplasty under general intravenous anesthesia were divided into two groups, to receive remifentanil or magnesium sulfate as intraoperative analgesic. Fentanyl 1 µ was the rescue analgesic.

Among the patients in the group receiving Magnesium Sulfate (MSG), 64% did not need supplemental analgesia and none of the patients in the Remifentanil Group (RG) required fentanyl. MSG patients showed propofol consumption 36.6% higher (guided by the Bispectral Index – BIS). MSG patients consumed significantly less ephedrine (mean ± SD) than RG patients, respectively 1.52 ± 4.38 mg and 10 ± 10.39 mg,p <  0.001. Mean values of blood concentrations of magnesium were comparable to values previously described in the literature.

Magnesium sulfate is a safe and effective option for intraoperative analgesia, when avoiding or decreasing opioid use is required.


Magnesium sulfate;  Analgesia;  Postoperative pain
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