Propyl alcohol

Poisoning from an overdose of propyl alcohol.

Poisonous Ingredient 
Isopropyl alcohol

Where Found 

  • Rubbing alcohol  
  • Alcohol swabs

Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • Unresponsive reflexes  
  • Low urine output  
  • Uncoordinated movements  
  • Slowed and/or labored breathing  
  • nausea and Vomiting  
  • Vomiting blood  
  • Abdominal pain  
  • Low Blood pressure  
  • Dizziness  
  • Lethargy, stupor, or coma

Home Treatment 
Seek emergency medical care immediately. Call Poison Control. DO NOT INDUCE Vomiting unless instructed to do so by Poison Control.

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

Poison Control, or a local emergency number 
See poison control centers for the national telephone number. 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:

  • Administering activated charcoal.  
  • Using gastric lavage (pumping the stomach).  
  • Treating breathing difficulties.  
  • Maintaining blood pressure.  
  • Using dialysis.  
  • Treating other symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis) 
Recovery depends on amount ingested, amount of time before treatment, and occurence of kidney damage. Ingestion of isopropyl alcohol is potentially fatal.

Johns Hopkins patient information

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

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