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Iron Poisoning

Next Steps Prevention

 

  • Keep medications where children cannot get to them.

  • Childproof caps are not a guarantee that children are safe.
  • Educate your children that unknown pills are not candy and can be harmful.

 

Outlook

Full recovery is likely for children (or adults) who show no symptoms for at least 6 hours after swallowing pills. Those with symptoms may be ill and require more aggressive treatment.

  • Iron poisoning can progress through several stages. A late, or hepatic stage, develops 2-5 days after ingestion. The person may have elevated liver enzymes, possibly ultimately resulting in liver failure.
  • Another late stage involves gastrointestinal scarring. Some 4-6 weeks after ingestion, the final stage manifests with early satiety (fullness after eating) or nausea from GI scarring and obstruction.

 

Synonyms and Keywords

iron poisoning, poisoning, vitamin poisoning, iron-containing pills, vitamins with iron, poison proofing

 

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WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Ann Edmundson, MD, PhD on May 24, 2006

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