Fast Five Quiz: Do You Know the Signs of and Best Treatment for Alcohol Poisoning?

Michael D. Levine, MD


December 19, 2014

Treatment of ethanol and isopropanol intoxication is largely supportive. Because of the hemorrhagic gastritis that can follow isopropanol ingestion, H2 blockade or proton pump inhibitors may be helpful. Hemodialysis, while effective, is rarely indicated and should only be used in the setting of profound hemodynamic compromise. The primary antidotal treatment of methanol or ethylene glycol poisoning involves blocking alcohol dehydrogenase. This enzyme can be inhibited by either ethanol or fomepizole.

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