Adrenaline Given Before Snakebite Anti-Venom Treatment Reduces Allergic Reactions, University of Kelaniya Study Finds  
5/11/2011 6:46:02 AM

ScienceDaily (May 10, 2011) — Giving low-dose adrenaline to patients who have been bitten by a poisonous snake before treatment with the appropriate antivenom is safe and reduces the risk of acute severe reactions to the treatment, but giving promethazine has no such effect and giving hydrocortisone may actually be harmful. These findings from a study led by Asita De Silva from the Clinical Trials Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya in Ragama, Sri Lanka, are important because in some countries where snake bites are a major health problem, acute allergic reactions to poor quality antivenoms are common and often fatal.