Survival benefits of N-acetylcysteine in rodenticide poisoning: Retrospective evidence from an Indian tertiary care setting

Karen Mark, Shabnam Hyder, Muhammed Rashid, Viji P. Chandran, Shubha Seshadri, Sneha Seshadri, Sreedharan Nair, Girish Thunga

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Rationale & Objective: Rodenticide poisoning, either accidental or intentional, is very common in rural India. The absence of a definite antidote made it a major concern with a high mortality rate. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the effectiveness of N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) in rodenticide poisoning as there are recent positive shreds of evidence on it. Methodology: A retrospective study was conducted in a tertiary care teaching hospital on patients admitted with rodenticide poisoning during a period of 2012-2017. The Fischer’s exact test and relative risk were measured to analyze the outcome of treatment and risk factors, respectively. Results: A total of 229 patients were enrolled in the study with a mean age of 30.04 ± 15.67 years. The suicidal attack was the major (86.0%) reason for poison consumption. The survival rate was significantly (p ≤ 0.03) higher in the NAC treatment group compared to the non-NAC group. Moreover, the majority (93.4%) of participants did not experience any adverse effects. The mean oral loading dose and maintenance dose was 7580.95 ± 2204.29 mg and 3694.53 ± 2322.58 mg, respectively. Yellow Phosphorus poisoning (Relative Risk [RR] 2.888 (1.179-7.079); p=0.020) and Time lag of ≥ 24 hours (RR 3.479 (1.137-10.645); p=0.029) were the significant risk factors for mortality. Conclusion: NAC is shown to have a significant survival benefit with a good safety profile among rodenticide poisoners. Further adequately powered prospective researches with more emphasis on dosing parameters are warranted for better quantification in different settings and for clinical implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Reviews in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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