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Acetone ingestion
Definition Poisoning from an overdose of acetone.
Alternative Names Dimethyl formaldehyde; Dimethyl ketone; Fingernail polish remover; Rubber cement
Poisonous Ingredient Acetone
Where Found
  • Some cleaning agents
  • Some lacquers
  • Fingernail polish remover
  • Rubber cement
  • Some glues
  • Note: This list may not be all inclusive.
  • Body as a whole
  • Acting as if drunk
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Respiratory
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slowed breathing rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bronchial irritation
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • May have fruity odor, or complain of sweet taste in mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nervous system
  • Stupor
  • Drowsiness
  • Coma
  • Home Treatment
  • DO NOT induce vomiting. Activated charcoal may be the antidote of choice as it can absorb close to 50% of the acetone. Contact your poison control center for specific instructions.
  • 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
  • Poison Control, or a local emergency number They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient 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:
  • Use
  • gastric lavage .
  • Administer oxygen if needed.
  • Treat the symptoms.
  • Expectations (prognosis) Survival past 48 hours usually indicates recovery will occur.

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