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1: J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1997;35(3):321-4. Related Articles, Links

Fatal bupropion overdose.

Harris CR, Gualtieri J, Stark G.

Emergency Medicine Department, Ramsey Medical Center, St. Paul, MN 55101-2595, USA.

BACKGROUND: Bupropion is a unique monocyclic antidepressant that has been known to cause seizures in high therapeutic doses and in acute overdoses. Death due to ingestion, however, is a rare occurrence. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 26-year-old man who ingested 23 g bupropion, developed seizures and hypoxia, and presented in cardiac arrest. The patient was resuscitated in the emergency department, but died 4 d after supportive intensive care. CONCLUSIONS: Bupropion overdose may lead to recurrent seizures, hypoxia and death. Aggressive management of severe bupropion overdose is recommended.

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PMID: 9140330 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]