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Is there a cure for methanol poisoning?

Curing a case of methanol poisoning depends on rapid, early treatment. Methanol antidotes, either fomepizole or ethanol, must be administered before too much formic acid has formed in the body. Dialysis also aids in the removal of methanol and formic acid. If treatment is instituted early, you may avoid blindness, long-term damage, or death. If an affected person reaches a late stage of poisoning, however, and suffers seizures, vision loss, or a coma, the chances of death are raised to over 80 percent. If people do survive severe methanol poisoning, they may suffer from blindness, dementia, or symptoms that resemble Parkinson's disease.

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