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Alternative names

Poisoning caused by an overdose of diazinon.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • diazinon

Where Found

  • some insecticides
Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • body as a whole
    • weakness
    • tremor
    • sweating
    • convulsions
  • heart and blood vessels
    • low blood pressure
    • high blood pressure
    • slow or rapid heart rate
  • respiratory
    • difficulty breathing
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • small pupils (unreactive to light)
    • tearing, increased
  • skin
    • redness
    • irritation
  • gastrointestinal
    • loss of appetite
    • abdominal cramps
    • diarrhea
    • nausea and/or vomiting
  • nervous system
    • headache
    • anxiety
    • dizziness
    • coma

Home Treatment

Call Poison Control Center for appropriate treatment instructions. If the insecticide is on the skin, wash the area thoroughly for at least 15 minutes. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation may be necessary if the patient stops breathing.

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

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:
  • Give atropine.
  • Establish and maintain the patient's airway.
  • Wash areas of skin exposed to the insecticide.
  • Use gastric lavage .
  • Induce vomiting.
  • Give antidote.
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

Continued improvement of symptoms over the first 4 to 6 hours under proper medical care usually indicates that recovery will occur.

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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