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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how doctors treat antifreeze poisoning?

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Dr. Lisa Roazen
Emergency Medicine 19 years experience
Fomepizole: Ethylene glycol is the main toxic ingredient in antifreeze (though there are some safer antifreezes with different, less toxic ingredients). Blood testing is done to help diagnose the type of poisoning. Initial treatment may be nonspecific for lots of potential toxins (i.e., charcoal). Medical treatment of ingestion of ethylene glycol includes giving either the drug fomepizole or pure ethanol.

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