Please contact the pharmacy department at your trust for local availability of antidotes.
In cases of poisoning it is strongly recommended that advice is sought from NPIS by telephone on 0344 892 0111 or online using Toxbase. Advice is available 24/7/365.
See the current BNF for notes on the emergency treatment of poisoning (click on the BNF icon adjacent to individual drugs for further details).
Activated charcoal (antidote)
Calcium gluconate gel (antidote)
please note, may not be stocked at RUH but can be ordered through supplies
Ethanol (alcohol) injection (antidote)
European Viper Venom Antivenom (antiserum / antidote)
(methylene blue antidote)
Sodium bicarbonate (Poisoning)
Sodium nitrite (antidote)
Sodium thiosulphate (antidote)
please note, may ot be stocked at RUH. Alternatives are stocked
Non Formulary Items
Dicobalt edetate (cyanide poisoning)
discontinued Sept 2019
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Traffic Light Status Information
RED - Hospital only – to be prescribed by a specialist and supplied from secondary care ONLY throughout treatment.
Amber medicines are considered suitable for GP prescribing following specialist initiation or recommendation.
Shared Care - these medicines require specialist initiation and stabilisation. Ongoing division of responsibility for drug and disease monitoring between specialist and GP by a Shared Care Guideline (SCG). If no SCG in place status reverts to red.
These medicines are appropriate for initiation in both primary and secondary care. Prescribing is appropriate within licensed or local recommendations.
Suitable for patient to be directed to buy themselves
Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where a decision to use this medicine is under review.
(In use from Oct 2020) Used where a decision has been made by the BSW APC not to routinely commission this preparation for its licensed indications. Do not prescribe.
Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where this medicine and indication is ONLY available through a Specialist Centre according to a NICE Highly Specialised Technology or NHSE Specialised Commission Circular / Policy.