Alternative names 
Bazinon; Diazol; Gardentox; Knox-Out; Spectracide

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

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Levon Ter-Markosyan, D.M.D.

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