Aspirin Poisoning Treatment

Call 911 if the person is: 

  • Vomiting severely
  • Agitated or lethargic
  • Unconscious
  • Having convulsions
  • Not breathing

1. Get Help Immediately

For an overdose of aspirin:

  • Call Poison Control at 800-222-1222 for instructions, even if there are no signs of poisoning.
  • If possible, provide this information: all medications the person may have taken, how much the person may have taken, and when.

2. Follow Up

  • For small amounts, you may need to watch the person carefully at home.
  • For a larger amount, you may need to take the person to a hospital emergency department.
  • Take the aspirin bottle to show the health care provider.
  • At the hospital, health care providers will check the level of aspirin in the blood and will do testing to determine the aspirin's toxic effect on the body. They may give activated charcoal or other medication to slow or prevent toxicity.
  • The providers may also give IV fluids.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

American Association of Poison Control Centers: "First Aid Tips."

Minnesota Poison Control System: "Poison First Aid: What to Do if Poisoned."

Subbarao, I. American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care, Random House Reference, 2009.

Merck Manual: "Aspirin and Other Salicylate Poisoning."

Aspirin Poisoning Information from eMedicineHealth.

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