Methanol poisoning



What is methanol poisoning?

Methanol is a nondrinking type of alcohol used for industrial and automotive purposes. Methanol poisoning is an overdose of methanol.

How common is methanol poisoning?

Please discuss with your doctor for further information.


What are the symptoms of methanol poisoning?

The common symptoms of methanol poisoning are:

  • Airway and lungs
  • Breathing difficulty
  • No breathing
  • Eyes
  • Blindness
  • Blurred vision
  • Dilation of the pupils
  • Heart and blood
  • Convulsions
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nervous system
  • Agitated behavior
  • Coma
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Skin and nails
  • Bluish-colored lips and fingernails
  • Stomach and intestines
  • Abdominal pain (severe)
  • Diarrhea
  • Liver function problems
  • Nausea
  • Pancreatitis
  • Vomiting
  • Other
  • Fatigue
  • Leg cramps
  • Weakness

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.


What causes methanol poisoning?

Please consult your doctor for further information.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for methanol poisoning?

Please consult your doctor for further information.

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is methanol poisoning diagnosed?

The health care provider will measure and monitor the patient’s vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure.

How is methanol poisoning treated?

Based on your condition, your treatment include:

  • Medicine (antidote) to reverse the effect of the poison (fomepizole or ethanol)
  • Medicines to treat symptoms
  • Tube through the nose or mouth into the stomach to wash out the stomach (gastric lavage)
  • Oxygen and breathing support
  • Other medications (folinic acid, bicarbonate)

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage methanol poisoning?

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 26, 2017 | Last Modified: October 30, 2017

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