Phenylbutazone overdose

Definition 
Poisoning from an overdose of phenylbutazone.

Poisonous Ingredient

Phenylbutazone

Where Found 

     
  • Butazolidin  
  • Azolid

Note: This list may not be all inclusive.

Symptoms  

     
  • 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

Home Treatment 
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.

Expectations (prognosis) 
Recovery is likely.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 7, 2012
by Sharon M. Smith, M.D.

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