Aspirin Poisoning

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Did you or a loved one suffer from aspirin poisoning? Please describe your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Justagirl , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

In a suicide attempt, I took half of a large bottle of aspirin (maybe 100 to 200 pills). I was taken to the hospital and moved to the ICU when the aspirin poisoning symptoms got really bad. I remember a constant painfully loud ringing in my ear and feeling like my head was cotton. My mouth, eyes, and ears, and even my mind felt like it was stuffed with cotton. My heart rate was elevated, even while I slept for 30 minutes, and I couldn’t taste anything. They put me on a potassium drip and after 24 hours I was fine.

Comment from: SthrnLady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

Knee pain after total knee replacement may be due to osteoporosis with the weakened bone structure unable to support the artificial knee. This will respond to Actonel or similar osteoporosis treatment. I found this out when I looked at my x-rays and so poorly calcified knee bones. It took about a year for the osteoporosis treatment to clear my pain, but I have no pain now at 2 years post-operation while at 1 year I was miserable! Three orthopedic surgeons never commented on my osteoporosis even though the radiologist did.

Comment from: June, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 19

My 23 year old daughter overdosed on aspirin after a night on Lunesta. We took her to the emergency room and she was given active charcoal and placed in intensive care to be watched over night. She seemed fine and in good spirits. That night while sleeping on her back, she woke in a panic and then began to have convulsions that propelled her to sit up and flop back down in the bed. I was with her and called for help. She died immediately from cardiac ventricular fibrillation.

Comment from: Al, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

I was prescribed 650 mg of aspirin per day after surgery on my hip. I was told to continue until my second post-operation checkup, which would have been 43 days. I stopped after 40 and called the doctor questioning the prescription. I was told I should have stopped after 30 days from surgery, which meant that I took it for an additional 10 days. Because I felt hesitant from the start, I drank at least 60 ounces of water each day to flush the aspirin and other drugs out of my system. I still am and will continue flushing it at least till I revisit the doctor in three days. As far as I can tell, the only symptoms I have from aspirin poisoning are serious heartburn and the worry associated with aspirin toxicity. I did not have any blood clots. I am still concerned, which is why I have posted this account.

Comment from: Donna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I just spent 24 hours in intensive care at the hospital because I was taking aspirin for a really bad tooth ache. I started taking 4 at a time during the night as my tooth was really bad. Without even thinking or looking at the time, each time the pain woke me I would take 4 more. Silly mistake. I’m still not fully sure of the total amount I took but I know it was nearly up to 5 packets of 24 in a matter of 5 days. By the 5th morning when waking up I was very unwell as I had overdosed myself. I also had serious hearing loss. Once at the emergency I was pricked with so many needles and drips it was horrible. I had about 6 potassium drips and another 3 or 4 sodium bicarbonate drips. I have more holes in my arms than a pin cushion. It was not a nice experience I tell you. I know I have learnt my lesson, I won’t be going near any pills of any sort from now on.

Comment from: Bob , 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 24

I took 81 mg aspirin four times in less than 24 hours.

Comment from: Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I took 300 mg of Cardiprin within 8 hours, by mistake. To offset I too 2 charcoal tablets followed by 1 tablespoon of lactose. No symptoms of aspirin poisoning about 1 hour after ingestion.

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