Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine

Volume 8 Number 4, October 2001

Overdose of Dologesic with a fatal outcome: a case report

CY Man

Dologesic is a commonly prescribed analgesic in accident and emergency department. Yet report of overdose with this drug is not common. We report a case in which the patient developed cardiac arrest within an hour of ingestion. Dextropropoxyphene, a component of the drug Dologesic, used to be a common cause of fatalities after drug overdose in the seventies. It is highly toxic in overdose and therefore caution should be exercised when prescribing this drug. (Hong Kong j.emerg.med. 2001;8:207-211)

Keywords : Arrthmias, cardiac arrest, dextropropoxyphene, naloxone, sodium bicarbonate

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