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Drug Overdose (Overview)

When the maximum safe dose or dose of medicationis consumed beyond its prescription.


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Please help! what happens when someone has a drug overdose?

Please help! what happens when someone has a drug overdose?

That depends on: How serious it is and what drugs or medications were taken. Overdoses are often treated initially in an emergency room. The person is monitored and often they have intravenous fluids. If they stopped breathing - a tube can be inserted to assist with breathing. Sometimes they are given charcoal to absorb the drugs and sometimes their stomach is "pumped". They may need to be given medications. ...Read more

Drug Overdose (Overview)

When the maximum safe dose or dose of medicationis consumed beyond its prescription.


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Can blue lips be a sign of a drug overdose?

Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for drug overdose?

Depends...: It depends on what agent has been overdosed. Some patients will require observation but others will require ICU level care, perhaps even life support! some overdosages are more dangerous than others do all overdoses need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine the care that is necessary. ...Read more

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Can a drug overdose lead to death by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or is this condition always genetic?

Can a drug overdose lead to death by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or is this condition always genetic?

Cardiomyopathy: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetically inherited condition. Having said that, a person using drugs could die from drug use and have this condition as well. It can predispose to abnormal heart rhythms which can be fatal and drug use can elicit abnormal heart rhythms. ...Read more

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What is drug overdose like?

Many symptoms: This depends entirely upon the drug taken you may experience heightened sensations that are psychedelic, you may experience prolonged sleep, you can lose your reasoning capacity and communication skills, some get violent or just plain stupid and in extreme overdose you may stop breathing or you heart may stop and you could die. ...Read more

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If you get drug overdose, how do you feel?

Likely nothing: The first sign of overdose may be death- no other warning. This is true if we are talking about opioids, sedatives and perhaps alcohol. If we are talking about Cocaine or other stimulants- it may be anxiety, palpitations, seizures, tremors and than perhaps death. However, these symptoms can be seen in sensitive individuals even with very low exposures. ...Read more

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Help, what to do on a possible drug overdose?

Possible drug OD: You can call 1-800-222-1222 (poison hotline) 24/7 from anywhere in the us if you have questions about poisoning or poison prevention. Your emergency room is an other option. ...Read more

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I was just wondering why does a drug overdose happen?

Long answer: There are a lot of reasons why overdose happens. There is an established set of dosages for medications based on the disease they are being used to treat for. When that dosage is exceeded, that is an overdose. Some overdoses do not harm a patient, but a harmful overdose can happen when the amount prescribed is exceeded. Different drugs have different effects when overdosed. ...Read more

Overdose (Definition)

When the maximum dose of medication ...Read more