Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inhaled Asphyxiant Home Care

Home care for asphyxiant inhalations includes:

  • Immediately move to an area where you can breathe fresh air.
    • Breathe deeply to clear the lungs.
  • Rinse the mouth with water and gargle.
  • If you have asthma, use full doses of your regular medications.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Take nonprescription cough medicine.

Dosing Dextromethorphan
110 lb (50 kg)25 mg every 6-8 hours
132 lb-adult (60 kg)30 mg every 6-8 hours

Inhaled Asphyxiant Warning Signs

Notify your doctor for asphyxiant inhalations and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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