Chapter: Modern Pharmacology with Clinical Applications: Principles of Toxicology

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Treatment of Poisonings

Specific antidotes are available for only a few toxic agents.

TREATMENT OF POISONINGS

Specific antidotes are available for only a few toxic agents (Table 7.2). Even these are not always effective, particularly if the poisoning is severe. The best treat-ment begins with supportive care. This includes resusci-tation (if necessary) and maintenance of respiratory and cardiovascular functions. Imbalances in fluid and electrolytes may have to be corrected. An approach to the treatment of victims of poisoning is presented in Table 7.3.


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