Pediatric carbamazepine overdoses

Ted A. Bridge, Robert L. Norton, William O. Robertson

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Thirty pediatric cases of carbamazepine overdoses were reviewed retrospectively for the frequency of toxic effects. Patients were divided into three groups, depending on the type of overdose: Acute, acute-on-chronic, and chronic. Effects included lethargy in 93%, ataxia in 50%, nystagmus in 13%, and minor arrhythmias in 10%. Major effects included seizures in 20%, coma in 27%, and need for intubation in 20%. Higher serum carbamazepine levels were associated with these major effects in the acute and acute-on-chronic groups but not in the chronic group. Serum levels greater than 35 mg/L (147 μmol/L), were significantly associated with major toxicities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-263
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbamazepine
  • Coma
  • Intubation
  • Overdose
  • Seizure
  • Toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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