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J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1992;30(1):23-37.

Ibuprofen overdose in adults.

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Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Denver, Colorado.


A prospective study of 63 ibuprofen overdose cases in adults (14 years or older) reported to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center between March 1987 and February 1988 was done to determine the incidence of renal injury and utility of timed plasma levels. No serious toxicity was noted. No CNS or other significant toxicity was seen with ingestion of less than 3 g. Two patients with normal serum creatinines had minor elevations of the blood urea nitrogen after ingesting 4 and 4.8 g. Timed plasma levels (125 total) from patients without coingestants from this study (48) and previously published reports (77) were compared with a previously described nomogram. The resulting nomogram revision may be useful in determining which initially asymptomatic patients are likely to remain so. Renal function tests are not routinely required for patients ingesting less than 6 g. Four h of observation is sufficient for asymptomatic patients not requiring psychiatric admission. Plasma ibuprofen levels are not required for proper patient management.

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