Poisoning from an overdose of Ansaid (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent).

Poisonous Ingredient 


Where Found 

Ansaid (arthritis medication)


  • Slow or Rapid breathing  
  • Ringing in the ears  
  • Blurred vision  
  • Rash  
  • nausea or Vomiting  
  • diarrhea  
  • Stomach pain  
  • Possible bleeding in the stomach or intestines  
  • Nervous system  
  • Agitation  
  • Confusion  
  • Coma  
  • Drowsiness  
  • Convulsions

Home Treatment 

Contact Poison Control for instructions.

Before Calling Emergency 
Determine the following information:

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

Poison Control, or a local emergency number 
Local emergency personnel will advise you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See poison control centers for the national telephone number. Take any containers with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room 
Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:

  • Pumping the stomach (gastric lavage)  
  • Administering activated charcoal  
  • Administering a laxative  
  • Treating other symptoms

Expectations (prognosis) 
Barring complications, a full recovery is likely.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Janet G. Derge, M.D.

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