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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 12, Issue.: 8

Case Study

Suicide Attempt by Swallowing with 60 Formoterol Inhaler Capsules: A Case Report


Fatih Büyükcam1*, Sevilay Vural2, Murat Doğan Işcanli3, Ülkü Açiksöz4, Oğuz Eroğlu4 and Figen Coşkun4

1Department of Emergency Medicine, Yildirim Beyazıt Education and Research Hospital, Turkey.

2Department of Emergency Medicine, Bartin State Hospital, Turkey.

3Department of Emergency Medicine, Ordu University Training and Research Hospital, Turkey.

4Department of Emergency Medicine, Kirikkale University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey.

Article Information
(1) Nurhan Cucer, Erciyes University, Medical Biology Department, Turkey.
(1) William Grant, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, New York, USA.
(2) Anonymous, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(3) Eyo E. Ekpe, University of Uyo, Nigeria.
(4) Ndatsu Yakubu, I brahim Badamasi Babangida University, Nigeria.
Complete Peer review History: http://sciencedomain.org/review-history/12466


Formoterol is a long-acting β2 agonist used in the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Oral ingestion of sympathomimetic aerosol preparations is unlikely to cause systemic toxicity as most of these agents are poorly absorbed via ingestion. Oral ingestion of inhaler formoterol capsule form is rare. Twenty six year old male admitted to the emergency department after a suicide attempt by swallowing 60 capsules of formoterol fumarate (12 mcg/capsule, total 720 mcg). With the oral ingestion of high doses caused nausea, vomiting, vertigo and palpitation in our patient. It is important to know the effects of the oral ingestion of inhaler formoterol capsule.

Keywords :

Formoterol; inhaler capsule; suicide; swallowing.

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DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2016/22451

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