Massive Naproxen Overdose with Serial Serum Levels

Suad A. Al-Abri*, Ilene B. Anderson, Fatehi Pedram, Jennifer M. Colby, Kent R. Olson

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Context: Massive naproxen overdose is not commonly reported. Severe metabolic acidosis and seizure have been described, but the use of renal replacement therapy has not been studied in the context of overdose. Case Details: A 28-year-old man ingested 70 g of naproxen along with an unknown amount of alcohol in a suicidal attempt. On examination in the emergency department 90 min later, he was drowsy but had normal vital signs apart from sinus tachycardia. Serum naproxen level 90 min after ingestion was 1,580 mg/L (therapeutic range 25–75 mg/L). He developed metabolic acidosis requiring renal replacement therapy using sustained low efficiency dialysis (SLED) and continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH) and had recurrent seizure activity requiring intubation within 4 h from ingestion. He recovered after 48 h. Discussion: Massive naproxen overdose can present with serious toxicity including seizures, altered mental status, and metabolic acidosis. Conclusion: Hemodialysis and renal replacement therapy may correct the acid base disturbance and provide support in cases of renal impairment in context of naproxen overdose, but further studies are needed to determine the extraction of naproxen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Toxicology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Hemodialysis
  • Metabolic acidosis
  • Naproxen
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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