Acute poisoning in children occupies a leading place among all accidents. Intentional poisoning is more typical for adolescents. Most often, they are drug poisoning caused by the wide choice of drugs and their easy availability. The paper describes a case of acute amlodipine poisoning in an adolescent who took 90 mg of amlodipine simultaneously for suicide. When the patient was admitted to the hospital, her condition was extremely severe due to the symptoms of general intoxication and hemodynamic disorders, in particular, significantly reduced blood pressure. Within the next few days, the patient is most likely to developed non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema with a significant amount of effusion into the pleural cavity, that required four pleural punctures and additional drug therapy. Gradually, the patient’s condition improved and she was discharged in good condition on the 20th day from the start of treatment after consulting the child by a psychiatrist. Amlodipine, like other dihydropyridines, is a potent vasodilator. Capillary vasodilation that leads to excessive pulmonary capillary extravasation, underlies the non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema mechanism, that most likely was observed in our patient. Considering the popularity of amlodipine as an effective antihypertensive drug, we can assume that in the future such poisoning may occur in clinical practice of doctors. That is why the physicians should be informed about the clinical symptoms of amlodipine poisoning, the severe complications that may develop in the case of an overdose, and the effective medical measures for such poisoning.
acute drug poisoning; calcium channel blockers; adolescents
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