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Dantrium Overdose

You should seek immediate medical treatment if you believe you have used too much Dantrium (dantrolene). An overdose of this medicine may lead to serious complications, such as crystals in the urine, vomiting, and even a coma. Treatment will consist of providing supportive care to treat any symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.

Can You Take Too Much Dantrium?

Dantrium® (dantrolene sodium) is a prescription medication used to treat spasticity from certain neurological disorders, such as a stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy. It is also used in the treatment of malignant hyperthermia, a genetic condition that causes a high temperature and muscle rigidity in response to general anesthesia.
As with most other medications, it is possible to use too much Dantrium. The specific effects of an overdose can vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Dantrium dosage and whether it was combined with any other medications (legal or illegal) or substances.

Effects of an Overdose

Possible effects of a Dantrium overdose include but are not limited to:
  • Muscle weakness
  • Changes in consciousness, such as coma
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Crystalluria (crystals in the urine)
  • Involuntary eye movements
  • Blurred vision
  • Fast heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Confusion.

Treatment Options for a Dantrium Overdose

If an overdose on Dantrium capsules was recent, a healthcare provider may administer activated charcoal or "pump the stomach" to help reduce the amount of the medication absorbed into the bloodstream. It is unknown if dialysis is useful for removing Dantrium from the body.
Treatment will also involve supportive care, which consists of treating symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For instance, large amounts of intravenous (IV) fluids may be given to help prevent crystals from forming in the urine.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have overdosed on this medication.
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