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How does alkaline diuresis help treat aspirin poisoning?

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Alkaline diuresis is the process of giving a person compounds that alter the chemistry of the blood and urine in a way that lets the kidneys get rid of more salicylate.

Specifically, sodium bicarbonatemakes the blood and urine less acidic his encourages your kidneys to take in more salicylate that can leave the body through the urine.

Sometimes, other compounds, like potassium, are given to help with this process, too.

From: Aspirin Poisoning WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Aspirin Poisoning." 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Poison Control Center: "Aspirin: The Basics."

UpToDate: "Salicylate (aspirin) poisoning in adults."

American Association of Poison Control Centers.

MedlinePlus: "Aspirin overdose."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Aspirin Poisoning." 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Poison Control Center: "Aspirin: The Basics."

UpToDate: "Salicylate (aspirin) poisoning in adults."

American Association of Poison Control Centers.

MedlinePlus: "Aspirin overdose."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

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