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alternative treatment paracetamol poisoning

Andrew W Hitchings, David M Wood, Paul I Dargan
AIMS: On 3 September 2012, the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) notified healthcare professionals of immediate changes to the intravenous acetylcysteine license terms, altering the treatment pathway for paracetamol poisoning. We sought to evaluate awareness of this amongst healthcare professionals. METHODS: We surveyed doctors, nurses and pharmacists in the 1-12 week period following the implementation date. RESULTS: Forty-four individuals completed the survey in paper form (response rate 86%) and 220 in electronic form (response rate unknown)...
December 2013: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
M Wehling
Paracetamol has become a focus of attention as being unsafe due to hepatic toxicity and market withdrawal or prescription status is presently under discussion in Germany. This drug is, however, effective and safe if notes of caution are applied. In Germany 38 fatal cases of analgesic poisoning were observed in 2010, only 4 of which were due to paracetamol and 16 were caused by diclofenac and ibuprofen. Alternative pain medications are obviously much less safe, in particular given the additional risk of sometimes fatal gastrointestinal bleeding and cardiovascular side effects...
February 2013: Der Schmerz
David J McQuade, Paul I Dargan, Jeff Keep, David M Wood
BACKGROUND: Treatment of single-time-point ingestion acute paracetamol (acetaminophen) poisoning with N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is guided by plotting a timed plasma paracetamol concentration on established nomograms. Guidelines in the UK differ from those in the U.S. and Australasia by having two treatment lines on the nomogram. Patients deemed to be at 'normal' risk of hepatotoxicity are treated using the treatment line starting at 200 mg/L at 4 h post-ingestion; those at higher risk are treated using the 'high risk' treatment line starting at 100 mg/L at 4 h post-ingestion...
November 2012: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Ed Oakley, Jeff Robinson, Conor Deasy
INTRODUCTION: N-acetylcysteine (NAC) administration is recommended to all patients judged to be at risk of developing hepatotoxicity following paracetamol overdose. However, it has been shown that standard i.v. dosing can cause symptomatic hyponatraemia in children. We describe a case series using 0.45% NaCl plus 5% dextrose for infusing i.v. NAC in children with paracetamol poisoning. CASE SERIES: A retrospective review of medical records of patients treated with NAC using 0...
February 2011: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
A A Lawson, D B Northridge
This paper comprehensively reviews the worldwide situation regarding acute overdosage of dextropropoxyphene (propoxyphene). The changing epidemiology of this type of poisoning over the last 20 years is described with discussion of concurrent trends and, in particular, the effects of different preventive measures adopted in various countries. The clinical pharmacology of dextropropoxyphene relevant to the clinical toxic effects resulting from acute overdosage is described, and the management is detailed. In particular, the importance of early diagnosis and treatment is stressed in view of the potentially lethal complications that may suddenly occur with this poisoning...
November 1987: Medical Toxicology and Adverse Drug Experience
L F Prescott, J W Donovan, D R Jarvie, A T Proudfoot
Seventeen patients received standard treatment with intravenous N-acetylcysteine for 18 episodes of severe poisoning with paracetamol (acetaminophen). The dose of N-acetylcysteine was 150 mg/kg given in 15 min followed by 50 mg/kg in 4 h and 100 mg/kg over the next 16 h. Liver damage was absent or mild on 13 occasions (ALT greater than 500 mu/l) and severe on 5 (ALT less than 1000 mu/l). Total plasma N-acetylcysteine was estimated by HPLC. The mean maximum plasma concentration after the initial loading dose was 554 mg/l...
1989: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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