What is the CAT reaction to codeine?

  1. Hi, I am a junior in a BSN program. My Med/Surg prof. posed this challenging question for "bonus points" and even after hours of searching on the web, in textbooks, etc., I have failed to find the answer. I thought of "cat" as being shorthand for catecholamines, and asked her if the cat reaction would be medical slang for an overactive and excitable response to a narcotic, rather than the expected drowsiness, that is, CNS stimulation as opposed to the more common CNS depression. Her response: "Nope!!! Keep trying." She did say in response to another email attempting to provide the answer, "The CAT reaction has to do with humans, specifically women. Hope that helps."

    Does anyone have any leads or ideas for finding the answer to this question?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   SFCardiacRN
    I looked around too. Mosby's dictionary, pharmacolocy text & on-line. No success. "CAT reaction" is too obscure an abreviation to be of any use. Sounds like something from an interns notes.
  4. by   sharann
    Catatonic? Ha ha. Sorry. Let us know, you got me curious as a cat...
  5. by   BirdFeederLady
    Answer: Codeine-Associated Triad: Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation
  6. by   sharann
    Quote from BirdFeederLady
    Answer: Codeine-Associated Triad: Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation
    Where did your instructor get this from? NEver heard of it put that way. The constipation nausea and vomiting yes.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from BirdFeederLady
    Answer: Codeine-Associated Triad: Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation
    oh my gosh, of course!:smackingf

    Thanks for clearing that up.

    steph
  8. by   BirdFeederLady
    Sharann: "Where did your instructor get this from?"

    Answer: I really don't know, but for the longest time, I thought CAT must be the acronym for "Can't Answer This!"
  9. by   sharann
    Quote from BirdFeederLady
    Sharann: "Where did your instructor get this from?"

    Answer: I really don't know, but for the longest time, I thought CAT must be the acronym for "Can't Answer This!"
    I like your acronym!

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