Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema complicating massive verapamil overdose

Chest. 1994 Feb;105(2):606-7. doi: 10.1378/chest.105.2.606.


Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema has not been (to our knowledge) previously reported associated with a verapamil overdose. We describe a 27-year-old woman who developed this complication after an overdose of 15, 120-mg verapamil tablets (total of 1,800 mg). This report illustrates the possibility of serious pulmonary embarrassment in the course of a verapamil overdose and the need to avoid excessive crystalloid administration during the hypotensive period.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Drug Overdose
  • Dyspnea / chemically induced
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypotension / chemically induced
  • Hypoxia / chemically induced
  • Pulmonary Edema / chemically induced*
  • Verapamil / poisoning*


  • Verapamil