Theophylline Overdose

First Things First (assess and treat for the following)

  • ABCs, obtain vital signs, establish IV access, cardiac monitor
  • Diagnosis is based on patient’s history of ingestion with presence of symptoms (tachycardia, nausea/vomiting, tremor, etc.).
  • Obtain theophylline level – it is essential to determine some treatment courses.
  • Orogastric lavage should be considered for an acute ingestion < 1-2 hours prior to presentation.

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Last updated: May 5, 2010