Acetomeroctol overdose

Acetomeroctol overdose is poisoning from an overdose of acetomeroctol, an antiseptic.

Poisonous Ingredient 


Where Found 

Acetomeroctol, an antiseptic mercurial (containing mercury and used to clean infections)

Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • No urine output  
  • Severe abdominal cramping  
  • Burning mouth pain  
  • Bloody diarrhea  
  • Increased thirst  
  • Metallic taste  
  • Excessive salivation  
  • Vomiting  
  • High blood pressure  
  • Low Blood pressure  
  • Rapid heart beat  
  • Depression  
  • Shock  
  • Difficulty breathing

Home Treatment 
Clean exposed skin with mild soap and water. If the acetomeroctol was swallowed, call Poison Control for guidance.

Before Calling Emergency 
Determine the following information:

  • Patient’s age, weight, and condition  
  • The name of the product (ingredients and strengths if known)  
  • When it was swallowed  
  • The amount swallowed

Poison Control, or a local emergency number 
Call Poison Control or your 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. If possible, 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:

  • Emptying the stomach (gastric lavage)  
  • Administering activated charcoal  
  • Administering a laxative  
  • Administering an antidote  
  • Treating the symptoms

Expectations (prognosis) 
If the patient is given the antidote within at least 1 week of the ingestion, recovery is likely. If patient is pregnant, damage to the unborn child is possible.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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