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Death after labored breathing, foaming at the mouth, abdominal pain, vomiting. Cause?

My nephew just died - He was not drunk and was not using illegal drugs. He has a hx of percocet abuse but none recently. He did take some xanax prn along with his bipolar medications. When he was found, he was having labored breathing and shortly began to foam at the mouth. He died shortly after this foaming began. He had abdominal pain and vomiting for approx 3 days prior. What are the possible causes for his foaming of the mouth and death....any ideas?
Asked On : Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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It probably seems like a drug over dosage. Large doses of Percocet or even Xanax can cause respiratory depression and sudden cardiac arrest and death.

I am sorry, but your nephew may not have informed you about it. Frothing in the mouth happens in poisoning and drug over dosages because of the piled up secretions in the airway and aspiration.

The prior vomiting could have added to the dehydration.

A Post Mortem report will be able to confirm the cause of death in him.

I am sorry about his death.

Answered: Fri, 9 Nov 2012
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