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J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1995;33(2):179-83.

Propoxyphene-induced wide QRS complex dysrhythmia responsive to sodium bicarbonate--a case report.

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New York City Poison Control Center, NY 10016.


Propoxyphene overdose is known to cause widening of the QRS complex on ECG. We report a case of a 54-year-old female who ingested approximately 100 propoxyphene hydrochloride tablets in a suicide attempt. She developed a wide complex dysrhythmia which responded to sodium bicarbonate therapy. Propoxyphene-induced wide complex dysrhythmia responsive to sodium bicarbonate therapy has not been previously reported in the literature.

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