Title
A warning about agranulocytosis with the use of cocaine adulterated with levamisole
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Leuven ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Acta clinica Belgica. - Leuven, 1946 - 1997
Volume/pages
66(2011) :3 , p. 226-227
ISSN
0001-5512
ISI
000292432300011
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Since 2004, the US Food And Drug Administration and the European Medicine Agency are giving warnings about cocaine adulterated with levamisole. Levamisole is primarily used as an anti-helminthic. One of the sideeffects of levamisole is a decreased bone marrow function. Herein we describe the first case of agranulocytosis and neutropenic fever due to cocaine adulterated with levamisole reported in Europe.
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