Poisoning - Home Treatment
First aid home treatment measures for suspected poisoning
Call a poison control center, hospital, or doctor immediately. The United
States National Poison Control Hotline phone number is
1-800-222-1222. Have the poison container with you so
you can give complete information to the poison control center. Do not try to make the person vomit.
The poison control
center will be able to help you quickly if you have the following information
- Your name and phone number
name, age, weight, and health status of the person who has been
- Type of product. Read the brand name as it is written on
the label. Include the list of ingredients and the company name and contact
number, if it is available on the label.
- Amount of product involved
- Type of poison exposure—swallowed, inhaled, or in
contact with the eyes or skin
- Time of poisoning
the person vomited
- Any first aid measures taken
location and how far you are from an emergency medical facility
If the poison control center recommends medical evaluation,
take the product container or substance and any stomach contents that the
person vomited to help doctors determine the seriousness of the
Do not use syrup of ipecac. It is no
longer used to treat poisonings. If you have syrup of ipecac in your home,
call your pharmacist for instructions on how to dispose of it and throw away the container. Do not store anything
else in the container.
Activated charcoal is also not used at home to treat poisonings.
The poison control center has guidelines on what treatments are needed for all types of poisons.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Follow the instructions you received from your
doctor or the poison control center about seeking medical evaluation. Call your
doctor if any of the following occurs during home treatment:
- New symptoms develop.
- Symptoms do
not go away as expected.
- Symptoms become more severe or