atracurium (short-acting agents that have few hypotensive effects)

for some patients with severe head injuries



Phenytoin (Dilantin)

Controversial in the routine management of SDH; overall effectiveness has yet to be determined

Other Drugs: Antibiotics, barbiturates (persistently elevated ICP despite routine inter

ventions may be managed with the induction of a barbiturate coma, which reduces the

metabolic rate of brain tissue)

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