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Castor oil overdose


Alternative names

Poisoning from an overdose of castor oil.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • Castor oil

Where Found

  • Castor oil
  • Alphamul
  • Emulsoil
  • Fleet Flavored Castor Oil
  • Laxopol
  • Unisol

Symptoms

  • body as a whole
    • fainting
    • kidney damage
  • gastrointestinal
    • abdominal cramps
    • diarrhea
  • nervous system
    • dizziness
    • hallucinations

Home Treatment

Castor oil is not considered very toxic, but call poison control for any advice as to treatment.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • 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

See poison control centers for the national toll-free hotline. They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

Normally, castor oil should cause few problems and recovery is very likely.

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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