Wednesday, January 13, 2010


A patient is brought in by his roommate who says the patient overdosed on the pills shown above. The patient has slurred speech, ataxia, and depressed mental status. There is mild respiratory depression, but his vital signs are normal and he is arousable. The roommate says there was no co-ingestant.

Challenge: Even though there's an antidote, this patient will be fine without it. What's the antidote?

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tree said...

alprazolam, flumazenil

Suheil said...

Diazepam? Antidote- Flumazenil?

Craig Chen said...

yep, gotta watch those benzos

Alprazolam (Xanax) 2mg pills are shown in the image. This is benzodiazepine overdose. The antidote is flumazenil.

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