Cyanide toxicity is usually reserved for the spy movies whereby the villain will bite down on a capsule of cyanide and instantly froth at the mouth and die. Throughout history there have also been some popular examples including the mass suicide at Jonestown and Heaven’s gate, it was also commonly used by the Nazi’s including […]
Carbon monoxide can be common cause of poisoning depending on your location or care of lower socioeconomic groups. It can be quite obvious if a fire has occurred or the patient admits to a suicide attempt. Symptoms can be a little more insidious and subtle if exposure has been chronic and hyper-vigilance is required. Carbon […]
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Potassium clearly has its potential for risks including life-threatening hyperkalaemia and cardiac arrest. It is very concerning that the slow-release preparation is available in bottles of 100 without prescription. Aggressive decontamination and haemodialysis are indicated in large overdoses.
Thyroxine overdose rarely causes hyperthyroidism, if it does, symptoms are usually mild and can be managed as an outpatient.
Fortunately mercury poisoning is very rare. The risk of toxicity depends on the type of mercury you have been exposed to. Elemental mercury is found in thermometers, barometers, paints, and pigments, these are benign presentations unless aerosolised
Theophylline has a narrow therapeutic index, both acute and chronic overdose is potentially life-threatening requiring aggressive supportive care and dialysis to ensure a good outcome
Isoniazid overdose is rare but life threatening. Isoniazid can cause refractory seizures which require the specific antidote pyridoxine. It should be thought about in cases of status epileptics where this is a relative or a potential history of TB in the family.