Poisoning from an overdose of phenylbutazone.
Note: This list may not be all inclusive.
- Body as a whole o Unsteadiness
- Respiratory o Slow, labored breathing
- Eyes, ears, nose, and throat o Ringing in the ears o Blurred vision o Photosensitivity
- Skin o Rash
- gastrointestinal o nausea and Vomiting o diarrhea o Stomach or Abdominal pain o Possible loss of blood from the stomach and intestines
- Heart and blood vessels o Slow or Rapid breathing o Low Blood pressure
- Nervous system o Severe headache o Agitation o Incoherence (not understandable) o Confusion o Coma o Drowsiness o Convulsions o Movement disorder
Contact Poison Control for instructions.
Before Calling Emergency
Determine the following information:
- The patient’s age, weight, and condition
- Name of product (as well as the ingredients and strength if known)
- The time it was swallowed
- The amount swallowed
- If the medication was prescribed for the patient
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 laxative.
- Treat the symptoms.
Recovery is likely.
by Sharon M. Smith, M.D.
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