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January 29, 1955

RESERPINE

JAMA. 1955;157(5):468. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950220062025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I am writing to you concerning an unusual incident in which a 20-month-old boy ingested 260 mg. of reserpine (Serpasil). It may be considered unusual because of the few sideeffects observed over a two week period of time.On Nov. 25, 1953, at about 7:00 p. m., the boy, without knowledge of his parents, ingested 260 mg. of reserpine. Shortly thereafter he was put to bed. At 11:00 p. m. he awoke crying and quite lethargic. He was visibly flushed, and temperature was 101.4 F, with slowed respiration and rapid pulse rate. It was at this time that his parents discovered that he had taken the reserpine, and because of the time that had elapsed his stomach was not pumped. He was given 2 teaspoons (8 to 10 ml.) of magnesia magma at this time. At 1:00 a. m. diarrhea developed, and he had four loose stools

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