Mercurochrome

Alternative names 
Cinfacrom; Merbromin overdose; Stellachrome

Definition
Poisoning from an overdose of merbromin.

Poisonous Ingredient

     
  • merbromin

Where Found

     
  • some antiseptics

Symptoms

     
  • body as a whole       o thirst       o metallic taste       o dizziness       o decreased urine output (may stop completely)       o salivation       o mouth lesions       o shock  
  • respiratory       o extreme difficulty breathing  
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat       o swelling within the throat to the point of closing it off  
  • gastrointestinal       o abdominal pain (severe)       o vomiting       o diarrhea (bloody)

Home Treatment
Call Poison Control.

Before Calling Emergency
Determine the following:

     
  • 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:

     
  • Use gastric lavage.  
  • Administer activated charcoal.  
  • Administer a cathartic (a medication used to evacuate the bowels).  
  • Give an antidote.  
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)
If an antidote is given within 1 week, recovery is usually likely. If the poisoning has been of a chronic nature, any mental deterioration may never be totally overcome.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 5, 2012
by Potos A. Aagen, M.D.

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