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Are medications used to manage paint thinner poisoning?

Medications may be used cautiously to manage paint thinner poisoning or its complications. Although forcing someone who has swallowed a hydrocarbon to vomit usually isn't advised, emptying the stomach may be necessary to prevent absorption of a hydrocarbon that's likely to harm multiple organs. A medication that's used to trigger vomiting is called syrup of ipecac.

An example of a complication of paint thinner poisoning that requires medication therapy is a development of seizures in a teenager who habitually sniffs glue. In this case, the teen may receive a muscle-relaxing drug to control the seizures.

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