Which medications in the drug class GI decontaminant are used in the treatment of Methamphetamine Toxicity?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: John R Richards, MD, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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GI decontaminant

Empirically used to minimize systemic absorption of the toxin.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution

Laxative with strong electrolyte and osmotic effects. Cathartic actions in GI tract. May be indicated in treatment of methamphetamine ingestion in people who carry methamphetamine packages in their body. Must administer after activated charcoal. Liquid reconstituted per package instructions.

Activated charcoal (Liqui-Char)

A form of carbon processed to be riddled with small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions. Due to its high degree of microporosity, one gram of activated charcoal has a surface area in excess of 500 square meters, and further chemical treatment often enhances adsorption properties.


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