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Pulmonary Talcosis Following Intravenous Abuse of an Oral Medication

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Description:

Oral formulations of drugs contain a number of compounds other than the active ingredient such as fillers and binders. Intravenous injection of an oral medication containing talc can result in pulmonary talcosis. This was a problem in the past when drug addicts were crushing and injecting oral methadone tablets.

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