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Propyl alcohol is a clear liquid commonly used as a germ killer (antiseptic). This article discusses poisoning from swallowing propyl alcohol.

This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or a local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

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  • Poisonous Ingredient

    Isopropyl alcohol

  • Where Found

    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Alcohol swabs

    Note: This list may not be all inclusive.

  • Symptoms

    • Abdominal pain
    • Coma
    • Dizziness
    • Lethargy
    • Low blood pressure
    • Low urine output
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Reflexes do not respond
    • Slowed or labored breathing
    • Stupor
    • Uncoordinated movements
    • Vomiting blood
  • Home Care

    Seek immediate medical help. DO NOT make a person throw up unless told to do so by Poison Control or a health care professional.

  • Before Calling Emergency

    Determine the following information:

    • The patient's age, weight, and condition
    • The name of the product (ingredients and strengths if known)
    • When it was swallowed
    • The amount swallowed
  • Poison Control

    In the United States, call 1-800-222-1222 to speak with a local poison control center. This hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.

    This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • What to Expect at the Emergency Room

    The health care provider will measure and monitor the patient's vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. The patient may receive:

    • Breathing support
    • Fluids through a vein (by IV)
    • Medicines to treat symptoms, including blood pressure problems
    • Dialysis only in the most severe poisonings
  • Outlook (Prognosis)

    Propyl alcohol poisoning is very rarely deadly.

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References

Goldfrank LR, ed. Goldfrank's Toxicologic Emergencies. 8th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2006.

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Review Date: 2/1/2013  

Reviewed By: Eric Perez, MD, St. Luke's / Roosevelt Hospital Center, NY, NY, and Pegasus Emergency Group (Meadowlands and Hunterdon Medical Centers), NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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