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What should I do if I think someone has methanol poisoning?

Methanol poisoning can be deadly and treatment should begin immediately in suspected cases. If you think someone has been exposed to methanol, call the National Poison Control Center, even if you're not completely sure an emergency is occurring. It is best to err on the safe side, since earlier treatment increases the chance to avoid permanent visual impairment and death. Be prepared with information on the affected person (general medical condition, age, and weight), the product involved (name and ingredients), the time of ingestion, and the amount ingested, if known. This information will help the operators give the best treatment. If you're still unsure of what to do, transport your loved one to the emergency room and let emergency care personnel handle the situation.

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