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Merbromin overdose


Alternative names

Poisoning from an overdose of merbromin.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • merbromin

Where Found

  • some antiseptics

Symptoms

  • body as a whole
    • thirst
    • metallic taste
    • dizziness
    • decreased urine output (may stop completely)
    • salivation
    • mouth lesions
    • shock
  • respiratory
    • extreme difficulty breathing
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • swelling within the throat to the point of closing it off
  • gastrointestinal
    • abdominal pain (severe)
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea (bloody)

Home Treatment

Call Poison Control.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following:
  • the patient's age, weight, and condition
  • the name of the product (ingredients and strengths if known)
  • the time it was swallowed
  • the amount swallowed

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
  • Use gastric lavage .
  • Administer activated charcoal.
  • Administer a cathartic (a medication used to evacuate the bowels).
  • Give an antidote.
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

If an antidote is given within 1 week, recovery is usually likely. If the poisoning has been of a chronic nature, any mental deterioration may never be totally overcome.

Update Date: 2/23/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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