Acute clenbuterol overdose manifestations in a suicide attempt--a case report

Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2015 Dec;39(234):379-81.


A 30-year-old man was admitted to the intensive care unit after a suicide attempt with respiratory difficulties, tremor, sinus tachycardia and significant hypokalemia. On examination, the patient was lucid, fully conscious and did not exhibit positive symptoms. Sings were not typical for overdosing olanzapine, alprazolam and alcohol as declared by the patient. Additional anamnesis revealed high doses of ingested clenbuterol, a selective β2-adrenergic agonist. Due to its anabolic and lipolytic properties, clenbuterol has become a commonly abused drug in bodybuilding industry and is not routinely detected by toxicology screens. This is the first known report of suicide attempt by clenbuterol overdosing.

Keywords: adverse drug reaction; clenbuterol; drug overdose; hypokalemia; suicide attempt.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clenbuterol / poisoning*
  • Drug Overdose / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Hypokalemia / chemically induced
  • Male
  • Suicide, Attempted*
  • Tachycardia, Sinus / chemically induced
  • Tremor / chemically induced


  • Clenbuterol