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Ketoprofen overdose

Alternative names

Poisoning from an overdose of Orudis, which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • ketoprofen

Where Found

  • Orudis


  • body as a whole
    • unsteadiness
    • leg swelling (lower legs, ankles, and/or feet)
    • convulsions
  • heart and blood vessels
    • low blood pressure
    • circulatory collapse
  • respiratory
    • wheezing
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • ringing in the ears
    • blurred vision
  • skin
    • rash
  • gastrointestinal
    • nausea and vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • stomach pain
    • possible loss of blood in the stomach and intestinal areas
  • nervous system
    • headache
    • agitation
    • incoherence (not understandable)
    • confusion
    • coma
    • drowsiness

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • the patient's age, weight, and condition
  • the name of the product (ingredients and strengths if known)
  • the time it was swallowed
  • the amount swallowed
  • if the drug was prescribed for the patient

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the person to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
  • Induce emesis .
  • Administer activated charcoal.
  • Administer a laxative.
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

Recovery is very likely if the acidification of the blood can be neutralized and maintained near normal levels.

Update Date: 2/12/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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