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July 3, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(1):27-29. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.25810010001012


ANTIMONY  The systemic effects of antimony resemble those of arsenic so closely that they do not require detailed discussion here, but it is important to remember that the early vomiting and diarrhea following the use of toxic doses of antimony may be due to local action, though early vomiting usually serves to prevent the occurrence of severe toxic symptoms.The occurrence of diarrhea, on the other hand, indicates that the poison has either entered the duodenum or has been absorbed, and both may occur. Should the administration of the usual emetic dose of antimony fail to produce vomiting, as sometimes happens, poisoning may result unless the drug is removed from the gastro-intestinal tract. When there is reason to fear its toxic action efforts should be directed toward its removal, as in the case of arsenic.Limewater, a pint or less, the oxid or carbonate of magnesia, or tannin should