Attempted suicide with pilocarpine eyedrops

G. P. Pfliegler, K. Palatka

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-400
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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