Arrhythmias associated with drug toxicity

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1998 May;16(2):405-17. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70009-2.


Cardiac arrhythmias may result from poisoning by a variety of agents. Although some cardiac disturbances are of limited concern, others occur because of the specific cardiac properties of the ingested drugs, and require specific antidotes. Clinicians must understand the resultant pathophysiology so that therapy is appropriate. This article focuses on drugs that cause ventricular arrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / adverse effects
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / chemically induced*
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / therapy
  • Cardiotonic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Humans


  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
  • Cardiotonic Agents