Toxic Ingestion

Your history and exam show that you have swallowed a potentially toxic substance. You do not appear to need hospital care at this time. Be aware, dangerous effects from this ingestion may be delayed by several hours. Watch for symptoms that need immediate medical attention.

Taking these types of drugs together can increase the risk of toxicity:

  • Prescription medicine.

  • Alcohol.

  • Illegal drugs.

Do not drive or operate machinery until you are free of symptoms. Things that may worsen your condition include:

  • Drinking alcohol.

  • Taking illegal drugs.

  • Taking other mind-altering substances.

If you have had an upset stomach, you should begin with a clear liquid diet until your stomach settles. Then advance your diet as tolerated.


  • You have sleepiness, mental confusion, strange behavior.

  • You have shortness of breath or a persistent cough.

  • You have chest pain or excessive mucus.

  • You have repeated vomiting, stomach cramps, or severe diarrhea.

  • You have a fever, extreme weakness, or fainting.

You can call your poison control center. In the U.S. you can call 1-800-222-1222 for information about the toxicity drugs. Or visit the American Association of Poison Control Centers on-line at: