Phencyclidine overdose: an emerging concept of management

JACEP. 1978 Feb;7(2):56-9. doi: 10.1016/s0361-1124(78)80037-9.


Emergency physicians should be prepared to treat overdosage from phencyclidine, a common street drug abused throughout North America. A dearth of laboratory resources to establish the diagnosis makes it essential that diagnoses include awareness of symptomatology. A specific therapeutic approach utilizing ion-trapping by continuous gastric suctioning and acidification of urine and/or blood can be used successfully to treat these patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Illicit Drugs / poisoning*
  • Phencyclidine / poisoning*
  • Poisoning*


  • Illicit Drugs
  • Phencyclidine