Shellfish Toxicity Medication

Updated: Dec 28, 2015
  • Author: Thomas C Arnold, MD, FAAEM, FACMT; Chief Editor: Asim Tarabar, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Care is primarily symptomatic and supportive.

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GI decontaminant

Class Summary

GI decontaminants are empirically used to minimize systemic absorption of the toxin. They may only be beneficial if administered within 1-2 h of ingestion.

Activated charcoal (Liqui-Char)

Emergency treatment in poisoning. Network of pores present in activated charcoal adsorbs 100-1000 mg of drug per gram of charcoal. Does not dissolve in water. For maximum effect, administer within 30 min of ingesting poison.

Cathartic not to be used in children < 2 y.

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