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Cardiotoxicity following bupropion overdose.
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PMID:  12398578     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether bupropion overdose has been associated with cardiovascular toxicity. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE (1966-January 2002), EMBASE (1980-January 2002), Current Contents (January 2002), and PubMed (January 2002) databases for English-language human reports. Search terms included bupropion, overdose (drug), intoxication, poisoning, and acute ingestion. DATA SYNTHESIS: Articles describing toxicity following bupropion overdose were evaluated independently by both authors to identify cases of cardiotoxicity. RESULTS: Thirteen articles describing bupropion overdose in 116 patients were identified. Only 3 patients exhibited cardiotoxicity following acute ingestion; 2 of these patients also ingested other medications. All 3 patients experienced tachycardia and conduction delays (widened QRS complex and/or prolonged QTc interval), but none of these delays progressed to a life-threatening arrhythmia. All patients recovered, with resolution of cardiotoxicity within 2-4 days following ingestion. CONCLUSIONS: We recommend that all patients with an overdose of bupropion should have an electrocardiogram performed on admission and should be monitored for the development of conduction delays and/or life-threatening arrhythmias.
Deon Druteika; Peter J Zed
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of pharmacotherapy     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1060-0280     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Pharmacother     Publication Date:  2002 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-25     Completed Date:  2003-02-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9203131     Medline TA:  Ann Pharmacother     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1791-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation / adverse effects*
Bupropion / adverse effects*
Heart Conduction System / drug effects*
Middle Aged
Tachycardia / chemically induced*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation; 34841-39-9/Bupropion

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