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What are the symptoms of methanol poisoning?

Symptoms of methanol poisoning involve many parts of the body and progress with time. The central nervous system, eyes, and gastrointestinal tract are the key systems involved. Typically, after oral exposure, drowsiness and a seemingly drunken state occur. Sometimes there is a 12 to 18 hour period with few symptoms. If treatment is not started, the symptoms worsen to include blurred vision and blindness; difficulty breathing and respiratory failure; muscle weakness; stomach pain, pancreatitis, nausea, and vomiting; low blood pressure; and confusion, seizures, and coma. Without treatment, death can result.

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