PURPOSE: To alert ophthalmologists about the hazards of poisoning with ophthalmic solutions. METHODS: We treated an 18-year-old man who attempted suicide by drinking and self-injecting pilocarpine eyedrops. He had severe signs of parasympathomimetic poisoning. RESULTS: Because of heavy and repeated vomiting and the early administration of intravenous atropine, he fully recovered. CONCLUSION: Because they are usually stored in household refrigerators and are readily accessible, the potential hazard of poisoning with ophthalmic solutions is worth emphasizing.
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