Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Dietary supplement reverses prescription drug overdose

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If you're taking a prescription antidepressant, listen up. An overdose of Wellbutrin can be fatal, but if you follow an accidental (or intentional) overdose of this popular depression drug with Intralipid -- a soybean-based supplement used to supplement fat intake by patients -- it could save your life.

In this case, the chemical stew brewing inside a 17 year-old patient should have killed her. Nothing in the ER worked when the overdosed teen arrived at the hospital, and she went into cardiac collapse, according to the story.

Intralipid is being given credit for saving the girl's life as opposed to any drug and performance given by the medical team which attempted to revive her. With amphetamines, tranquilizers, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription antidepressants in this girl's system, it's amazing that anything saved her life. But, it did happen, and a supplement -- not a 'drug' -- is taking credit.

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