Toxicology

Toxicology is the study of the way chemical, physical, or biological agents negatively affect humans, animals, and the environment.

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Acetaminophen and codeine overdose
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and codeine is a prescription pain medicine. It is a narcotic, which means it can make you feel sleepy. Acetaminophen and codeine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the...

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Acetaminophen overdose
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a pain medicine. Acetaminophen overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. Acetaminophen overdose...

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Acetone poisoning
Acetone is a chemical used in many household products. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing acetone-based products. Poisoning may also occur from breathing in fumes or absorbing it through the...

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Acid soldering flux poisoning
Acid soldering flux is a chemical used to clean and protect the area where 2 pieces of metal are joined together. Flux poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information...

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Adrenergic bronchodilator overdose
Adrenergic bronchodilators are inhaled medicines that help open up the airways. They are used to treat asthma and chronic bronchitis. Adrenergic bronchodilator overdose occurs when someone accidentally...

Nutrition
Aflatoxin
Aflatoxins are toxins produced by a mold that grows in nuts, seeds, and legumes. toxins

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Aftershave poisoning
Aftershave is a lotion, gel, or liquid applied to the face after shaving. Many men use it. This article discusses the harmful effects from swallowing aftershave products. This article is for information...

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Aloe
Aloe is an extract from the aloe plant. It is used in many skin care products. Aloe poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. However, aloe is not very poisonous. This article is for information...

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Aminophylline overdose
Aminophylline and theophylline are medicines used to treat lung diseases such as asthma. They help prevent and treat wheezing and other breathing problems. Aminophylline or theophylline overdose occurs...

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Amitriptyline and perphenazine overdose
Amitriptyline and perphenazine is a combination drug. It is sometimes prescribed for people with depression, agitation, or anxiety. Amitriptyline and perphenazine overdose occurs when someone takes more...

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Amitriptyline hydrochloride overdose
Amitriptyline hydrochloride is a type of prescription medicine called a tricyclic antidepressant. It is used to treat depression. Amitriptyline hydrochloride overdose occurs when someone takes more than...

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Ammonia poisoning
Ammonia is a strong, colorless gas. If the gas is dissolved in water, it is called liquid ammonia. Poisoning may occur if you breathe in ammonia. Poisoning may also occur if you swallow or touch products...

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Ammonium hydroxide poisoning
Ammonium hydroxide is a colorless liquid chemical solution. It forms when ammonia dissolves in water. This article discusses poisoning from ammonium hydroxide. This article is for information only. Do NOT...

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Anti-rust product poisoning
Anti-rust product poisoning occurs when someone breathes in or swallows anti-rust products. These products may be accidentally breathed in (inhaled) if they are used in a small, poorly ventilated area,...

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Anticoagulant rodenticides poisoning
Anticoagulant rodenticides are poisons used to kill rats. Rodenticide means rodent killer. An anticoagulant is a blood thinner. Anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning occurs when someone swallows a product...

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Antidiarrheal drug overdose
Antidiarrheal drugs are used to treat loose, watery, and frequent stools. This article discusses overdose of antidiarrheal drugs containing diphenoxylate or atropine. Diphenoxylate is a weak opioid, a class...

Poison
Antifreeze poisoning
Antifreeze is a liquid used to cool engines. It is also called engine coolant. This article discusses poisoning caused by swallowing antifreeze. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat...

Poison
Asphalt cement poisoning
Asphalt is a brownish-black liquid petroleum material that hardens when it cools. Asphalt cement poisoning occurs when someone swallows asphalt. If hot asphalt gets on the skin, serious injury can occur...

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Aspirin overdose
An overdose of aspirin means you have too much aspirin in your body. This can happen in two ways: If a person accidentally or intentionally takes a very large dose of aspirin at one time, it is called an...

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Automatic dishwasher soap poisoning
Automatic dishwasher soap poisoning refers to illness that occurs when you swallow soap used in automatic dishwashers or when the soap contacts the face. This article is for information only. DO NOT use...

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Bacitracin overdose
Bacitracin is an antibiotic medicine. It is used to kill germs that cause infections. Small amounts of bacitracin are dissolved in petroleum jelly to create antibiotic ointments. Bacitracin overdose occurs...

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Bacitracin zinc overdose
Bacitracin zinc is a medicine that is used on cuts and other skin wounds to help prevent infection. Bacitracin is an antibiotic, a medicine that kills germs. Small amounts of bacitracin zinc are dissolved...

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Baking powder overdose
Baking powder is a cooking product that helps batter rise. This article discusses the effects of swallowing a large amount of baking powder. Baking powder is considered nontoxic when it is used in cooking...

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Baking soda overdose
Baking soda is a cooking product that helps batter rise. This article discusses the effects of swallowing a large amount of baking soda. Baking soda is considered nontoxic when it is used in cooking and...

Diseases & Conditions
Barbiturate intoxication and overdose
Barbiturates are drugs that cause relaxation and sleepiness. A barbiturate overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose...

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Bee poison
Bee poisoning is caused by a sting from a bee, wasp, or yellow jacket. wasp This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poisoning from a sting. If you or someone you...

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Beeswax poisoning
Beeswax is wax from the honeycomb of bees. Beeswax poisoning occurs when someone swallows beeswax. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you...

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Benzene poisoning
Benzene is a clear, liquid, petroleum-based chemical that has a sweet smell. Benzene poisoning occurs when someone swallows, breathes in, or touches benzene. This article is for information only. DO NOT...

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Beta-blockers overdose
Beta-blockers are a type of drug used to treat high blood pressure. Beta-blocker overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or...

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Birth control pill overdose
Birth control pills, also called oral contraceptives, are prescription medicines used to prevent pregnancy. Birth control pill overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount...

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Black nightshade poisoning
Black nightshade poisoning occurs when someone eats pieces of the black nightshade plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone...

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Black widow spider
The black widow spider has a shiny black body with a red hourglass-shape on its belly area. The bite of a black widow spider is poisonous. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or...

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Blue nightshade poisoning
Blue nightshade poisoning occurs when someone eats parts of the blue nightshade plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone...

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Boric acid poisoning
Boric acid is a dangerous poison. Poisoning from this chemical can be acute or chronic. Acute boric acid poisoning usually occurs when someone swallows powdered roach-killing products that contain the chemical...

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Brompheniramine overdose
Brompheniramine is a type of medicine called an antihistamine, which helps relieve allergy symptoms. Brompheniramine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this...

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Brown recluse spider
Brown recluse spiders are between 1 and 1 1/2 inches long. They have a dark brown, violin-shaped mark on their upper body and light brown legs. Their lower body may be dark brown, tan, yellow, or greenish...

Poison
Bubble bath soap poisoning
Bubble bath soap poisoning occurs when someone swallows bubble bath soap. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are with...

Poison
Bug spray poisoning
This article discusses the harmful effects from breathing in or swallowing bug spray (repellent). This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you...

Poison
Butazolidin overdose
Butazolidin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Butazolidin overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose...

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Button batteries
Button batteries are tiny, round batteries. They are commonly used in watches and hearing aids. Children often swallow these batteries or put up them up their nose. They can be breathed in more deeply ...

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Caffeine overdose
Caffeine is a substance that exists naturally in certain plants. It can also be man-made and added to food products. It stimulates the central nervous system and is a diuretic, which means it increases...

Poison
Caladium plant poisoning
This article describes poisoning caused by eating parts of the Caladium plant and other plants in the Araceae family. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

Poison
Calcium carbonate overdose
Calcium carbonate is commonly found in antacids (for heartburn) and some dietary supplements. Calcium carbonate overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of a product...

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Calcium carbonate with magnesium overdose
The combination of calcium carbonate and magnesium is commonly found in antacids. These medicines provide heartburn relief. Calcium carbonate with magnesium overdose occurs when someone takes more than...

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Calcium hydroxide poisoning
Calcium hydroxide is a white powder produced by mixing calcium oxide ("lime") with water. Calcium hydroxide poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information only. DO...

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Calcium-channel blocker overdose
Calcium-channel blockers are a type of medicine used to treat high blood pressure. Calcium-channel blocker overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine...

Poison
Calla lily
This article describes poisoning caused by eating parts of a calla lily plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are...

Poison
Campho-Phenique overdose
Campho-Phenique is an over-the-counter medicine used to treat cold sores and insect bites. Campho-Phenique overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine...

Poison
Camphor overdose
Camphor is a white substance with a strong odor, commonly associated with Vicks VapoRub. Camphor overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount...

Poison
Candles poisoning
Candles are made out of wax. Candle poisoning occurs when someone swallows candle wax. This can happen by accident or on purpose. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an...

Poison
Carbolic acid poisoning
Carbolic acid is a sweet-smelling clear liquid. It is added to many different products. Carbolic acid poisoning occurs when someone touches or swallows this chemical. This article is for information only...

Poison
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that causes thousands of deaths each year in North America. Breathing in carbon monoxide is very dangerous. It is the leading cause of poisoning death in the United States...

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Cardiac glycoside overdose
Cardiac glycosides are medicines for treating heart failure and certain irregular heartbeats. Cardiac glycoside overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine...

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Castor oil overdose
Castor oil is a yellowish liquid often used as a lubricant and in laxatives. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing a large amount (overdose) of castor oil. This is for information only and not...

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Caterpillars
Caterpillars are the larvae (immature forms) of butterflies and moths. There are many thousands of types, with a huge variety of colors and sizes. They look like worms and are covered in small hairs. Most...

Poison
Caulking compound poisoning
Caulking compounds are substances used to seal cracks and holes around windows and other openings. Caulking compound poisoning occurs when someone swallows these substances. This article is for information...

Poison
Cedar leaf oil poisoning
Cedar leaf oil is made from some types of cedar trees. Cedar leaf oil poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. Young children who smell the oil may try to drink it because it has a sweet smell...

Poison
Centipede
This article describes the effects of a centipede bite. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poisoning from a centipede bite. This article is for information...

Injury
Chemical burn or reaction
Chemicals that touch skin can lead to a reaction on the skin, throughout the body, or both.

Poison
Chlordiazepoxide overdose
Chlordiazepoxide is a prescription medicine used to treat certain anxiety disorders and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Chlordiazepoxide overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended...

Poison
Chlorinated lime poisoning
Chlorinated lime is a white powder used for bleaching or disinfecting. Chlorinated lime poisoning occurs when someone swallows chlorinated lime. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat...

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Chlorine poisoning
Chlorine is a chemical that prevents bacteria from growing. Chlorine poisoning occurs when someone swallows or breathes in (inhales) chlorine. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat...

Poison
Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is the chemical that makes plants green. Chlorophyll poisoning occurs when someone swallows a large amount of this substance. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or...

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Chlorpromazine overdose
Chlorpromazine is a prescription medicine used to treat psychotic disorders. It may also be used to prevent nausea and vomiting, and for other reasons. This medicine may also change the metabolism and the...

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Clinitest tablets poisoning
Clinitest tablets are used to test how much sugar (glucose) there is in a person's urine. Poisoning occurs from swallowing these tablets. Clinitest tablets used to be used to check how well a person's diabetes...

Poison
Cloth dye poisoning
Cloth dyes are chemicals used to color cloth. Cloth dye poisoning occurs when someone swallows large amounts of these substances. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an...

Poison
Cobalt poisoning
Cobalt is a naturally occurring element in the earth's crust. It is a very small part of our environment and very small amounts are needed for many animals and humans to stay healthy. Cobalt poisoning can...

Diseases & Conditions
Cocaine intoxication
Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that affects your central nervous system. It comes from the Erythroxylum coca plant, which is found in many parts of the world. It produces a sense of extreme joy by...

Diseases & Conditions
Cocaine withdrawal
Cocaine withdrawal occurs when someone who has used a lot of cocaine cuts down or quits taking the drug. Symptoms of withdrawal can occur even if the user is not completely off cocaine and still has some...

Poison
Codeine overdose
Codeine is a drug in some prescription pain medicines. It is in class of drugs known as opioids. Codeine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This...

Poison
Cold wave lotion poisoning
Cold wave lotion is a hair care product used to create permanent waves ("a perm"). Cold wave lotion poisoning occurs from swallowing, breathing in, or touching the lotion. This article is for information...

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Cologne poisoning
Cologne is a scented liquid made from alcohol and essential oils. Cologne poisoning occurs when someone swallows cologne. This can be by accident or on purpose. This article is for information only. Do...

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Compazine overdose
Compazine is a drug used to treat severe nausea and vomiting. Compazine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose...

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Contac overdose
Contac is the brand name for a cough, cold, and allergy medicine. It contains several ingredients. Contac overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine....

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Copper poisoning
This article discusses poisoning from copper. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are with has an exposure, call your...

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Corticosteroids overdose
Corticosteroids are medicines that treat inflammation in the body. Corticosteroid overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident...

Poison
Cuticle remover poisoning
Cuticle remover is a liquid or cream used to remove excess tissue around the nails. Cuticle remover poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information only. Do NOT use...

Poison
Cyanoacrylates
Cyanoacrylate is a sticky substance found in many glues. Cyanoacrylate poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance or gets it on their skin. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it...

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Cyproheptadine overdose
Cyproheptadine is a type of drug called an antihistamine. These drugs are used to relieve allergy symptoms. Cyproheptadine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of...

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Deodorant poisoning
Deodorant poisoning occurs when someone swallows deodorant. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are with has an exposure...

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Depilatory poisoning
A depilatory is a product used to remove unwanted hair. Depilatory poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual...

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Desipramine hydrochloride overdose
Desipramine hydrochloride is a type of medicine called a tricyclic antidepressant. It is taken to relieve symptoms of depression. Desipramine hydrochloride overdose occurs when someone takes more than the...

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Detergent poisoning
Detergents are powerful cleaning products that may contain strong acids, alkalis, or phosphates. Cationic detergents are often used as germ-killing cleansers (antiseptics) in hospitals. Anionic detergents...

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Dextromethorphan overdose
Dextromethorphan is a medicine that helps stop coughing. Dextromethorphan overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose...

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Diazepam overdose
Diazepam is a prescription medicine used to treat anxiety disorders. It is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Diazepam overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount...

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Diazinon poisoning
Diazinon is an insecticide, a product used to kill or control bugs. Poisoning can occur if you swallow diazinon. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure...

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Diclofenac sodium overdose
Diclofenac sodium is a prescription medicine used to relieve pain and swelling. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Diclofenac sodium overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal...

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Dieffenbachia poisoning
Dieffenbachia is a type of house plant with large, colorful leaves. Poisoning can occur if you eat the leaves, stalk, or root of this plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat...

Poison
Diesel oil
Diesel oil is a heavy oil used in diesel engines. Diesel oil poisoning occurs when someone swallows diesel oil. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure...

Poison
Dilantin overdose
Dilantin is a medicine used to prevent seizures. Overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose. This is for information...

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Dimenhydrinate overdose
Dimenhydrinate is a type of medicine called an antihistamine. Dimenhydrinate overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on...

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Diphenhydramine overdose
Diphenhydramine is a type of medicine called an antihistamine. It is used in some allergy and sleep medicines. Overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine...

Poison
Dirt - swallowing
This article is about poisoning from swallowing or eating dirt. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are with has an exposure...

Poison
Doxepin overdose
Doxepin is a type of medicine called a tricyclic antidepressant. It is prescribed to treat depression and anxiety. Doxepin overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of...

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Drain cleaner poisoning
Drain cleaners contain very dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to your health if you swallow them, breathe them in (inhale), or if they come in contact with your skin and eyes. This article discusses...

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Drain opener poisoning
Drain opening agents are chemicals used to open clogged drains, often in homes. Drain opening agent poisoning can occur if a child accidentally drinks these chemicals, or if someone splashes the poison...

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Drainpipe cleaners
Drainpipe cleaners are chemicals used to clean drainpipes. Drainpipe cleaner poisoning occurs when someone swallows or breathes in (inhales) a drainpipe cleaner. This article is for information only. Do...

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Dry cell battery poisoning
Dry cell batteries are a common type of power source. Tiny dry cell batteries are sometimes called button batteries. This article discusses the harmful effects from swallowing a dry cell battery (including...

Poison
Dye remover poisoning
Dye remover is a chemical used to remove dye stains. Dye remover poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

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Elephant ear
Elephant ear plants are indoor or outdoor plants with very large, arrow-shaped leaves. Poisoning may occur if you eat parts of this plant. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or...

Poison
Estrogen overdose
Estrogen is a female hormone. Estrogen overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of a product containing the hormone. This can be by accident or on purpose. This is for...

Poison
Ethanol poisoning
Ethanol poisoning is caused by drinking too much alcohol. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are with has an exposure...

Diseases & Conditions
Ethylene glycol poisoning
Ethylene glycol is a colorless, odorless, sweet-tasting chemical. It is poisonous if swallowed. Ethylene glycol may be swallowed accidentally, or it may be taken deliberately in a suicide attempt or as...

Poison
Eucalyptus oil overdose
Eucalyptus oil overdose occurs when someone swallows a large amount of a product that contains this oil. This can be by accident or on purpose. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment...

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Eugenol oil overdose
Eugenol oil (clove oil) overdose occurs when someone swallows a large amount of a product that contains this oil. This can be by accident or on purpose. This is for information only and not for use in the...

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Face powder poisoning
Face powder poisoning occurs when someone swallows or breathes in this substance. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you...

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Fenoprofen calcium overdose
Fenoprofen calcium is a type of medicine called a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is a prescription pain medicine used to relieve symptoms of arthritis. arthritis Fenoprofen calcium overdose occurs...

Poison
Fire ants
Fire ants are red-colored insects. A sting from a fire ant delivers a harmful substance, called venom, into your skin. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual fire...

Poison
Fluoride overdose
Fluoride is a chemical commonly used to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this substance. This can be by accident or on purpose...

Special Topics
Food poisoning prevention

Poison
Foxglove poisoning
Foxglove poisoning most often occurs from sucking the flowers or eating the seeds, stems, or leaves of the foxglove plant. Poisoning may also occur from taking more than the recommended amounts of medicines...

Poison
Fuel oil poisoning
Fuel oil poisoning occurs when someone swallows, breathes in (inhales), or touches fuel oil. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone...

Poison
Funnel-web spider bite
This article describes the effects of a bite from the funnel-web spider. Male funnel-web spiders are more poisonous than females. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage a...

Poison
Furniture polish poisoning
Furniture polish poisoning occurs when someone swallows or breathes in (inhales) liquid furniture polish. Some furniture polishes may also be sprayed into the eyes. This article is for information only...

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Gasoline poisoning
This article discusses the harmful effects from swallowing gasoline or breathing in its fumes. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or...

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Glaze poisoning
Glazes are products that add a shiny or glossy coating to a surface. Glaze poisoning occurs when someone swallows these substances. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage...

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Grass allergy
Many people are allergic to pollens from grass and weeds. These allergies most often occur in the late spring and summer. allergic to pollens from grass and weeds allergies This article is for information...

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Grass and weed killer poisoning
Many weed killers contain dangerous chemicals that are harmful if swallowed. This article discusses poisoning by swallowing weed killers containing a chemical called glyphosate. This article is for information...

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H2 receptor antagonists overdose
H2 receptor antagonists are medicines that help decrease stomach acid. H2 receptor antagonist overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be...

Poison
Hair bleach poisoning
Hair bleach poisoning occurs when someone swallows hair bleach or splashes it on their skin or in their eyes. bleach This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

Poison
Hair dye poisoning
Hair dye poisoning occurs when someone swallows dye or tint used to color hair. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are...

Poison
Hair spray poisoning
Hair spray poisoning occurs when someone breathes in (inhales) hair spray or sprays it down their throat or into their eyes. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual...

Poison
Hair straightener poisoning
Hair straightener poisoning occurs when someone swallows products that are used to straighten hair. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you...

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Hair tonic poisoning
Hair tonic is a product used to style the hair. Hair tonic poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

Poison
Hand lotion poisoning
Hand lotion poisoning occurs when someone swallows hand lotion or hand cream. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are...

Poison
Heroin overdose
Heroin is an illegal drug that is very addictive. This article discusses heroin overdose. An overdose occurs when someone takes too much of a substance, usually a drug. This can happen by accident or on...

Poison
Household glue poisoning
Most household glues, such as Elmer's Glue-All, are not poisonous. However, household glue poisoning can occur when someone breathes in glue fumes on purpose in an attempt to get "high. " Industrial-strength...

Diseases & Conditions
Hydrocarbon pneumonia
Hydrocarbon pneumonia is caused by drinking or breathing in gasoline, kerosene, furniture polish, paint thinner, or other oily materials or solvents. These hydrocarbons have a very low viscosity, which...

Poison
Hydrochloric acid poisoning
Hydrochloric acid is a clear, poisonous liquid. It is highly corrosive, which means it immediately causes severe damage, such as burning, on contact. This article discusses poisoning due to swallowing or...

Poison
Hydrocodone and acetaminophen overdose
Hydrocodone is a painkiller in the opioid family (related to morphine). Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter medicine used to treat pain and inflammation. They may be combined in one prescription medicine...

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Hydrocodone/oxycodone overdose
Hydrocodone and oxycodone are opioids, drugs that are mostly used to treat extreme pain. Hydrocodone/oxycodone overdose occurs when someone intentionally or accidentally takes too much medicine containing...

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Hydrofluoric acid poisoning
Hydrofluoric acid is a very strong inorganic acid. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing, breathing in, or touching hydrofluoric acid. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat...

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Hydrogen peroxide poisoning
Hydrogen peroxide is a liquid commonly used to fight germs. Hydrogen peroxide poisoning occurs when large amounts of the liquid are swallowed or get in the lungs or eyes. This is for information only and...

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Hydromorphone overdose
Hydromorphone is a prescription medicine used to relieve severe pain. Hydromorphone overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident...

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Hydroxyzine overdose
Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine available only with a prescription. It is used to treat symptoms of allergies and motion sickness. Hydroxyzine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or...

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Ibuprofen overdose
Ibuprofen is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medication...

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Imipramine overdose
Imipramine is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. Imipramine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose...

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Incense
Incense is a product that creates a smell when it is burned. Incense poisoning can occur when someone sniffs or swallows liquid incense. This can be by accident or on purpose. Solid incense is not considered...

Poison
Indomethacin overdose
Indomethacin is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is used to relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation. Indomethacin overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended...

Poison
Ink poisoning
Writing ink poisoning occurs when someone swallows ink found in writing instruments (pens). This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone...

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Ink remover poisoning
Ink remover is a chemical used to get out ink stains. Ink remover poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual...

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Insecticide poisoning
Insecticide is a chemical that kills bugs. Insecticide poisoning occurs when someone swallows or breathes in this substance or it is absorbed through the skin. This article is for information only. Do NOT...

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Iodine poisoning
Iodine is a naturally occurring chemical. Small amounts are needed for good health. However, large doses can cause harm. Children are especially sensitive to the effects of iodine. NOTE: Iodine is found...

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Iron overdose
Iron is a mineral found in many over-the-counter supplements. Iron overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this mineral. This can be by accident or on purpose. Iron...

Nutrition
Irradiated foods
Irradiated foods are foods that are sterilized using x-rays or radioactive materials that kill bacteria. The process is called irradiation. It is used to remove germs from food. It does not make the food...

Poison
Isopropanol overdose
Isopropanol is a type of alcohol used in some household products, medicines, and cosmetics. It is not meant to be swallowed. Isopropanol overdose occurs when someone swallows this substance. This can be...

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Jack-in-the-pulpit poisoning
A Jack-in-the-pulpit is a plant belonging to the species Arisaema triphyllum. This article describes poisoning caused by eating parts of this plant. The roots are the most dangerous part of the plant. Arisaema...

Poison
Jellyfish stings
Jellyfish are sea creatures. They have nearly see-through bodies with long, finger-like structures called tentacles. Stinging cells inside the tentacles can hurt you if you come in contact with them. Some...

Poison
Jerusalem cherry poisoning
The Jerusalem cherry is a plant that belongs to the same family as the black nightshade. It has small, round, red and orange fruit. Jerusalem cherry poisoning occurs when someone eats pieces of this plant...

Poison
Jewelry cleaners
This article discusses the harmful effects that can occur from swallowing jewelry cleaner or breathing in its fumes. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

Poison
Jimsonweed poisoning
Jimsonweed is a tall herb plant. Jimsonweed poisoning occurs when someone sucks the juice or eats the seeds from this plant. You can also be poisoned by drinking tea made from the leaves. This article is...

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Kerosene poisoning
Kerosene is an oil used as a fuel for lamps, as well as heating and cooking. This article discusses the harmful effects from swallowing or breathing in kerosene. This article is for information only. DO...

Poison
Ketoprofen overdose
Ketoprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is used to treat pain, swelling, and inflammation. Ketoprofen overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this...

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Lacquer poisoning
Lacquer is a clear or colored coating (called a varnish) that is often used to give wooden surfaces a glossy look. Lacquer is dangerous to swallow. Breathing in the fumes for a long period is also harmful...

Poison
Lanolin poisoning
Lanolin is an oily substance taken from sheep's wool. Lanolin poisoning occurs when someone swallows a product that contains lanolin. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage...

Poison
Lavender oil
Lavender oil is an oil made from the flowers of lavender plants. Lavender poisoning occurs when someone swallows lavender oil. This can be by accident or on purpose. This article is for information only...

Poison
Laxative overdose
A laxative is a medicine used to produce bowel movements. Laxative overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose....

Nutrition
Lead - nutritional considerations
Nutritional considerations to reduce the risk of lead poisoning. lead poisoning

Special Topics
Lead and tap water

Poison
Lead poisoning
Lead is a very strong poison. When a person swallows a lead object or breathes in lead dust, some of the poison can stay in the body and cause serious health problems. This article is for information only...

Poison
Lighter fluid poisoning
Lighter fluid is a flammable liquid found in cigarette lighters and other types of lighters. Lighter fluid poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information only. Do...

Poison
Lily of the valley
Lily of the valley is a flowering plant. Lily of the valley poisoning occurs when someone eats parts of this plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

Poison
Lip moisturizer poisoning
This poisoning results from eating or swallowing lip moisturizers containing para-aminobenzoic acid. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If...

Poison
Lithium toxicity
Lithium is a prescription medicine used to treat bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depression). This article focuses on lithium overdose, or toxicity. Acute toxicity occurs when you swallow too much...

Poison
Lomotil overdose
Lomotil is a prescription medicine used to treat diarrhea. Lomotil overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose....

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Malathion poisoning
Malathion is an insecticide, a product used to kill or control bugs. Poisoning may occur if you swallow malathion, handle it without gloves, or do not wash hands your hands soon after touching it. Large...

Diseases & Conditions
Marijuana intoxication
Marijuana ("pot") intoxication is the euphoria, relaxation, and sometimes undesirable side effects that can occur when people use marijuana. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United...

Poison
Meclofenamate overdose
Meclofenamate is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat arthritis. Meclofenamate overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This...

Poison
Menthol poisoning
Menthol is used to add peppermint flavor to candy and other products. It is also used in certain skin lotions and ointments. This article discusses menthol poisoning from swallowing pure menthol. This article...

Poison
Meperidine hydrochloride overdose
Meperidine hydrochloride is a prescription painkiller. It is a type of drug called an opioid analgesic. Meperidine hydrochloride overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount...

Poison
Meprobamate overdose
Meprobamate is a drug used to treat anxiety. Meprobamate overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose. overdose This...

Poison
Merbromin poisoning
Mebromin is a germ-killing (antiseptic) liquid. Mebromin poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This can be by accident or on purpose. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it...

Poison
Mercuric chloride poisoning
Mercuric chloride is a very poisonous form of mercury. It is a type of mercury salt. There are different types of mercury poisonings. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing mercuric chloride....

Poison
Mercuric oxide poisoning
Mercuric oxide is a form of mercury. It is a type of mercury salt. There are different types of mercury poisonings. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing mercuric oxide. mercury poisonings This...

Poison
Mercury
This article discusses poisoning from mercury. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are with has an exposure, call your...

Poison
Merthiolate poisoning
Merthiolate is a mercury-containing substance that was once widely used as germ-killer and a preservative in many different products, including vaccines. Merthiolate poisoning occurs when large amounts...

Poison
Metal cleaner poisoning
Metal cleaners are very strong chemical products that contain acids. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing or breathing in such products. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to...

Poison
Metal polish poisoning
Metal polishes are used to clean metals, including brass, copper, or silver. This article discusses the harmful effects from swallowing metal polish. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it...

Poison
Methadone overdose
Methadone is a very strong painkiller. It is also used to treat heroin addiction. Methadone overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of...

Poison
Methamphetamine overdose
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug. A strong form of the drug is illegally sold on the streets. A much weaker form of the drug is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ...

Poison
Methanol poisoning
Methanol is a nondrinking type of alcohol used for industrial and automotive purposes. This article discusses poisoning from an overdose of methanol. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it...

Poison
Methapyrilene hydrochloride overdose
Methapyrilene hydrochloride is an antihistamine that was used in cold or flu medicines in the past. It is not used in these medicines today. Methapyrilene hydrochloride overdose occurs when someone takes...

Poison
Methyl salicylate overdose
Methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen) is a chemical that smells like wintergreen. It is used in many over-the-counter products, including muscle ache creams. It is related to aspirin. Methyl salicylate...

Diseases & Conditions
Methylmercury poisoning
Methylmercury poisoning is brain and nervous system damage from the chemical methylmercury. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone...

Poison
Mildew remover poisoning
Mildew removers are common household cleaners. Swallowing, breathing in the product, or spraying it in the eyes can be potentially dangerous. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat...

Poison
Millipede toxin
Millipedes are worm-like bugs. Certain types of millipedes release a harmful substance (poison, or toxin) if they are threatened or if you handle them roughly. The toxin millipedes release keeps away most...

Poison
Mineral oil overdose
Mineral oil is a liquid oil made from petroleum. Mineral oil overdose occurs when someone swallows a large amount of this substance. This can be by accident or on purpose. This is for information only and...

Poison
Mineral spirits poisoning
Mineral spirits are liquid chemicals used to thin paint and as a degreaser. Mineral spirits poisoning occurs when someone swallows or breathes in (inhales) the fumes from mineral spirits. This article is...

Poison
Mistletoe poisoning
Mistletoe is an evergreen plant with white berries. Mistletoe poisoning occurs when someone eats any part of this plant. Poisoning can also occur if you drink tea created from the plant or its berries....

Poison
Morphine overdose
Morphine is a very strong painkiller. Morphine overdose occurs when a person intentionally or accidentally takes too much of the medicine. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or...

Poison
Mouthwash overdose
Mouthwash overdose occurs when someone uses more than the normal or recommended amount of this substance. This can be by accident or on purpose. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment...

Poison
Multiple vitamin overdose
Multiple vitamin overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of multivitamin supplements. This can be by accident or on purpose. This is for information only and not for...

Poison
Myristica oil poisoning
Myristica oil is a clear liquid that smells like the spice nutmeg. Myristica oil poisoning occurs when someone swallows this substance. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage...

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Nail polish poisoning
This poisoning is from swallowing or breathing in (inhaling) nail polish. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are with...

Poison
Naphthalene poisoning
Naphthalene is a white solid substance with a strong smell. Poisoning from naphthalene destroys or changes red blood cells so they cannot carry oxygen. This can cause organ damage. This article is for information...

Poison
Naproxen sodium overdose
Naproxen sodium is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve mild to moderate aches and pains. Naproxen sodium overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than...

Poison
Nicotine poisoning
Nicotine is a bitter-tasting compound that naturally occurs in large amounts in the leaves of tobacco plants. Nicotine poisoning results from too much nicotine. Acute nicotine poisoning usually occurs in...

Poison
Nitric acid poisoning
Nitric acid is a poisonous clear-to-yellow colored liquid. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing or breathing in nitric acid. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage...

Poison
Nitroglycerin overdose
Nitroglycerin is a medicine that helps relax the blood vessels leading to the heart. It is used to prevent and treat chest pain. Nitroglycerin overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or...

Poison
Norpramin overdose
Norpramin is a type of drug called a tricyclic antidepressant. It is used to treat depression. Norpramin overdose occurs when you accidentally or intentionally take too much of this medicine. This is for...

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Oil-based paint poisoning
Oil-based paint poisoning occurs when large amounts of oil-based paint get into your stomach or lungs. It may also occur if the poison gets into your eyes or touches your skin. This article is for information...

Poison
Oleander poisoning
Oleander poisoning occurs when someone eats the flowers or chews the leaves or stems of the oleander plant (Nerium oleander), or its relative, the yellow oleander (Cascabela thevetia). Nerium oleander Cascabela...

Diseases & Conditions
Opiate and opioid withdrawal
Opiates or opioids are drugs used to treat pain. The term narcotic refers to either type of drug. If you stop or cut back on these drugs after heavy use of a few weeks or more, you will have a number of...

Diseases & Conditions
Opioid intoxication
Opioid intoxication is a condition caused by use of opioid-based drugs. These include morphine, heroin, oxycodone, and synthetic (man-made) opioid narcotics. Prescription opioids are used to treat pain...

Poison
Oral hypoglycemics overdose
Oral hypoglycemic pills are medicines to control diabetes. Oral means "taken by mouth. " There are many different types of oral hypoglycemics. This article focuses on a type called sulfonylureas. An overdose...

Poison
Oven cleaner poisoning
This article discusses the harmful effects from swallowing or breathing in an oven cleaner. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone...

Special Topics
Overdose
An overdose is when you take more than the normal or recommended amount of something, usually a drug. An overdose may result in serious, harmful symptoms or death. If you take too much of something on purpose...

Poison
Oxalic acid poisoning
Oxalic acid is a poisonous, colorless substance. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing oxalic acid. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure...

Poison
Oxazepam overdose
Oxazepam is a medicine used to treat anxiety and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. It belongs to the class of medicines known as benzodiazepines. Oxazepam overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally...

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Paint, lacquer, and varnish remover poisoning
This article discusses the harmful effects from swallowing or breathing in (sniffing) products to remove paint, lacquer, or varnish. lacquer varnish This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to...

Poison
Para-aminobenzoic acid
Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) is a natural substance. It is often used in sunscreen products. PABA is sometimes called vitamin Bx, but it is not a true vitamin. This article discusses reactions to PABA...

Poison
Paradichlorobenzene poisoning
Paradichlorobenzene is a white, solid chemical with a very strong odor. Poisoning can occur if you swallow this chemical. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual...

Poison
Paraffin poisoning
Paraffin is a solid waxy substance used to make candles and other items. This article discusses what may occur if you swallow or eat paraffin. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat...

Diseases & Conditions
Paraquat poisoning
Paraquat (dipyridylium) is a highly toxic weed killer (herbicide). In the past, the United States encouraged Mexico to use it to destroy marijuana plants. Later, research showed this herbicide was dangerous...

Poison
Pencil erasers
A pencil eraser is a piece of rubber attached to the end of a pencil. This article discusses the health problems that may occur if someone swallows an eraser. This article is for information only. Do NOT...

Poison
Pencil swallowing
This article discusses the health problems that may occur if you swallow a pencil. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you...

Poison
Pentazocine overdose
Pentazocine is a medicine used to treat moderate to severe pain. A pentazocine overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine...

Poison
Pentobarbital overdose
Pentobarbital is a sedative, which is a medicine that makes you sleepy. Pentobarbital overdose occurs when a person intentionally or accidentally takes too much of the medicine. This is for information...

Poison
Peppermint oil overdose
Peppermint oil is an oil made from the peppermint plant. Peppermint oil overdose occurs when someone swallows more than the normal or recommended amount of this product. This can be by accident or on purpose...

Poison
Periactin overdose
Periactin is an antihistamine, which is a drug used to relieve allergy symptoms. A periactin overdose occurs when someone takes too much of this drug. This is for information only and not for use in the...

Nutrition
Pesticides
Pesticides are pest-killing substances that help protect plants against molds, fungi, rodents, noxious weeds, and insects. Pesticides help prevent crop loss and, potentially, human disease. According to...

Poison
Petroleum jelly overdose
Petroleum jelly is a semisolid mixture of fatty substances that are made from petroleum. A common brand name is Vaseline. This article discusses what happens when someone swallows a lot of petroleum jelly...

Poison
Phencyclidine overdose
Phencyclidine, or PCP, is an illegal street drug. It can cause hallucinations and severe agitation. This article discusses overdose due to PCP. An overdose is when someone takes more than the normal or...

Poison
Phenindamine overdose
Phenindamine is a type of medicine called an antihistamine. It helps relieve allergy symptoms. Phenindamine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine...

Poison
Pheniramine overdose
Pheniramine is a type of medicine called an antihistamine. It helps relieve allergy symptoms. Pheniramine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine,...

Poison
Phenobarbital overdose
Phenobarbital is a medicine used to treat epilepsy, anxiety, and insomnia. Phenobarbital overdose occurs when someone takes too much of this medicine. epilepsy insomnia This is for information only and...

Poison
Phenothiazine overdose
Phenothiazines are medicines used to treat serious mental and emotional disorders, and to reduce nausea. This article discusses an overdose of phenothiazines. Overdose occurs when someone takes more than...

Poison
Phenytoin overdose
Phenytoin is a medicine used to treat convulsions and seizures. Phenytoin overdose occurs when someone takes too much of this medicine. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management...

Poison
Philodendron poisoning
Philodendron is a flowering houseplant. Philodendron poisoning occurs when someone eats pieces of this plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure...

Poison
Photographic fixative poisoning
Photographic fixatives are chemicals used to develop photographs. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing such chemicals. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage...

Poison
Pine oil poisoning
Pine oil is a germ-killer and disinfectant. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing pine oil. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If...

Poison
Piperonyl butoxide with pyrethrins poisoning
Piperonyl butoxide with pyrethrins is an ingredient found in medicines to kill lice. Poisoning occurs when someone swallows the product or too much of the product touches the skin. This article is for information...

Poison
Piroxicam overdose
Piroxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve pain and swelling. Piroxicam overdose occurs when someone takes too much of this drug. This is for information only and not for...

Poison
Plant fertilizer poisoning
Plant fertilizers and household plant foods are used to improve plant growth. Poisoning can occur if someone swallows these products. Plant fertilizers are mildly poisonous if small amounts are swallowed...

Poison
Plastic casting resin poisoning
Plastic casting resins are liquid plastics, such as epoxy. Poisoning can occur from swallowing plastic casting resin. Resin fumes may also be poisonous. This article is for information only. DO NOT use...

Poison
Plastic resin hardener poisoning
Poisoning can occur from swallowing plastic resin hardener. Resin hardener fumes may also be poisonous. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure....

Poison
Poinsettia plant exposure
Poinsettia plants, commonly used during the holidays, are not poisonous. Eating this plant does not result in a trip to the hospital in most cases. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to...

Poison
Poison control center - emergency number
For a POISON EMERGENCY call: 1-800-222-1222 1-800-222-1222 ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. This is a free and confidential service....

Poison
Poison ivy - oak - sumac
Poison ivy, oak, or sumac poisoning is an allergic reaction that results from touching the sap of these plants. The sap may be on the plant, in the ashes of burned plants, on an animal, or on other objects...

Special Topics
Poisoning

Poison
Poisoning - fish and shellfish
This article describes a group of different conditions caused by eating contaminated fish and seafood. The most common of these are Ciguatera poisoning, Scombroid poisoning, and various shellfish poisonings...

Poison
Pokeweed poisoning
Pokeweed is a flowering plant. Pokeweed poisoning occurs when someone eats pieces of this plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you...

Poison
Potassium carbonate poisoning
Potassium carbonate is a white powder used to make soap, glass, and other items. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing or breathing in potassium carbonate. This article is for information only...

Poison
Potassium hydroxide poisoning
This article discusses poisoning from swallowing or touching potassium hydroxide or products that contain this chemical. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual...

Poison
Potato plant poisoning - green tubers and sprouts
Potato plant poisoning occurs when someone eats the green tubers or new sprouts of the potato plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If...

Poison
Promethazine overdose
Promethazine is a medicine used to treat nausea and vomiting. Promethazine overdose occurs when someone takes too much of this medicine. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or...

Poison
Propoxyphene overdose
Propoxyphene is medicine used to relieve pain. Propoxyphene overdose occurs when someone takes too much of this medicine. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took this drug off the market in December...

Poison
Propyl alcohol
Propyl alcohol is a clear liquid commonly used as a germ killer (antiseptic). This article discusses poisoning from swallowing propyl alcohol. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat...

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Refrigerant poisoning
A refrigerant is a chemical that makes things cold. This article discusses poisoning from sniffing or swallowing such chemicals. The most common poisoning occurs when people intentionally sniff a type of...

Poison
Rhubarb leaves poisoning
Rhubarb leaves poisoning occurs when someone eats pieces of leaves from the rhubarb plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone...

Poison
Rubber cement poisoning
Rubber cement is a common household glue. It is often used for arts and crafts projects. Breathing in large amounts of rubber cement fumes or swallowing any amount can be extremely dangerous, especially...

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Sachet poisoning
A sachet is a bag of perfumed powder or a mix of dried flowers, herbs, spices, and aromatic wood shavings (potpourri). Some sachets also contain aromatic oils. Sachet poisoning occurs when someone swallows...

Poison
Sassafras oil overdose
Sassafras oil comes from the root bark of the sassafras tree. Sassafras oil overdose occurs when someone swallows more than the normal or recommended amount of this substance. This can be by accident or...

Poison
Scorpion fish sting
Scorpion fish are members of the family Scorpaenidae, which includes lionfish and stonefish. These fish are very good at hiding in their surroundings. The fins of these prickly fish carry poisonous venom...

Poison
Scorpions
This article describes the effects of a scorpion sting. This article for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage a scorpion sting. If you or someone you are with is stung, call your local emergency...

Poison
Secobarbital overdose
Secobarbital is a drug used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep). It may also be given before surgery to relieve anxiety. Secobarbital overdose occurs when someone takes too much of...

Diseases & Conditions
Serotonin syndrome
Serotonin syndrome (SS) is a potentially life-threatening drug reaction. It causes the body to have too much serotonin, a chemical produced by nerve cells.

Poison
Shampoo - swallowing
Shampoo is a liquid used to clean the scalp and hair. This article describes the effects of swallowing a liquid shampoo. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual...

Poison
Shaving cream poisoning
Shaving cream is a cream applied to the face or body before shaving the skin. Shaving cream poisoning occurs when someone eats shaving cream. This can be by accident or on purpose. This article is for information...

Poison
Shellac poisoning
Shellac poisoning can occur from swallowing shellac. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure. If you or someone you are with has an exposure, call...

Poison
Sodium bisulfate poisoning
Sodium bisulfate is a dry acid that may be harmful if swallowed in large amounts. This article discusses poisoning from swallowing sodium bisulfate. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to...

Poison
Sodium carbonate poisoning
Sodium carbonate (known as washing soda or soda ash) is a chemical found in many household and industrial products. This article focuses on poisoning due to sodium carbonate. This article is for information...

Poison
Sodium hydroxide poisoning
Sodium hydroxide is a very strong chemical. It is also known as lye and caustic soda. This article discusses poisoning from touching, breathing in (inhaling), or swallowing sodium hydroxide. This article...

Poison
Sodium hypochlorite poisoning
Sodium hypochlorite is a chemical commonly found in bleach, water purifiers, and cleaning products. Swallowing sodium hypochlorite can lead to poisoning. Breathing sodium hypochlorite fumes may also cause...

Poison
Solder poisoning
Solder is used to connect electric wires or other metal parts together. Solder poisoning occurs when someone swallows solder in large amounts. Skin burns can occur if solder touches the skin. This article...

Poison
Sports cream overdose
Sports creams are creams or ointments used to treat aches and pains. Sports cream overdose can occur if someone uses this product on open skin (such as an open sore or wound), or swallows or gets the product...

Poison
Starch poisoning
Starch is a substance used for cooking. Another kind of starch is used to add firmness and shape to clothing. Starch poisoning occurs when someone swallows starch. This can be by accident or on purpose...

Poison
Steam iron cleaner poisoning
Steam iron cleaner is a substance used to clean steam irons. Poisoning occurs when someone swallows steam iron cleaner. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

Poison
Stingray
A stingray is a sea animal with a whip-like tail. The tail has sharp spines that contain venom (poison). This article describes the effects of a stingray sting. Stingrays are the most common group of fish...

Poison
Stoddard solvent poisoning
Stoddard solvent is a flammable, liquid chemical that smells like kerosene. Stoddard solvent poisoning occurs when someone swallows or touches this chemical. This article is for information only. DO NOT...

Poison
Stonefish sting
Stonefish are members of the family Scorpaenidae, or scorpion fish. The family also includes lionfish. These fish are very good at hiding in their surroundings. The fins of these prickly fish carry poisonous...

Poison
Sulfuric acid poisoning
Sulfuric acid is a very strong chemical that is corrosive. Corrosive means it can cause severe burns and tissue damage when it comes into contact with the skin or mucous membranes. This article discusses...

Poison
Sulindac overdose
Sulindac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to relieve pain and swelling associated with certain types of arthritis. Sulindac overdose occurs when someone takes too much of this...

Poison
Swallowing chalk
Chalk is a form of limestone. Chalk poisoning occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally swallows chalk. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison exposure...

Poison
Swallowing soap
This article discusses the health effects that may occur from swallowing soap. This can happen by accident or on purpose. Swallowing soap does not usually cause serious problems. This article is for information...

Poison
Swallowing sunscreen
Sunscreen is a cream or lotion used to protect the skin from sunburn. Sunscreen poisoning occurs when someone swallows sunscreen. This can be by accident or on purpose. This article is for information only...

Poison
Swimming pool cleaner poisoning
Swimming pool cleaner poisoning occurs when someone swallows this type of cleaner, touches it, or breathes in its fumes. These cleaners contain chlorine and acids. Chlorine is more likely than the acids...

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Talcum powder poisoning
Talcum powder is a powder made from a mineral called talc. Talcum powder poisoning may occur when someone breathes in or swallows talcum powder. This can be by accident or on purpose. This article is for...

Poison
Tar remover poisoning
Tar remover is used to get rid of tar, a dark oily material. This article discusses health problems that may occur if you breathe in or touch tar remover. This article is for information only. Do NOT use...

Poison
Tarantula spider bite
This article describes the effects of a tarantula spider bite. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage a tarantula spider bite. If you or someone you are with is bitten, call...

Poison
Tetrahydrozoline poisoning
Tetrahydrozoline is a form of a medicine called imidazoline, which is found in over-the-counter eye drops and nasal sprays. Tetrahydrozoline poisoning occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally swallows...

Poison
Thiazide overdose
Thiazide is a drug in some medicines used to treat high blood pressure. Thiazide overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or...

Poison
Thioridazine overdose
Thioridazine is a prescription medicine used to treat serious mental and emotional disorders, including schizophrenia. Thioridazine overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended...

Poison
Thyroid preparation overdose
Thyroid preparations are medicines used to treat thyroid gland disorders. Overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose...

Poison
Tick bite
Ticks are bugs that can attach to you as you brush past bushes, plants, and grass. Once on you, ticks often move to a warm, moist place on your body, like the armpits, groin, and hair. There, they typically...

Poison
Toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers poisoning
Toilet bowl cleaners and deodorizers are substances used to clean and remove odors from toilets. Poisoning may occur if someone swallows toilet bowl cleaner or deodorizer. This article is for information...

Poison
Tolmetin overdose
Tolmetin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is used to help relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness due to certain types of arthritis or other conditions that cause inflammation, such...

Poison
Toluene and xylene poisoning
Toluene and xylene are strong compounds that are used in many household and industrial products. Toluene and xylene poisoning can occur when someone swallows these substances, breathes in their fumes, or...

Poison
Toothpaste overdose
Toothpaste is a product used to clean teeth. This article discusses the effects of swallowing a lot of toothpaste. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

Poison
Trazodone hydrochloride overdose
Trazodone is an antidepressant medicine. Sometimes, it is used as a sleep aid and to treat agitation in people with dementia. Trazodone overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended...

Poison
Trisodium phosphate poisoning
Trisodium phosphate is a strong chemical. Poisoning occurs if you swallow, breathe in, or spill large amounts of this substance on your skin. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat...

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Turpentine oil poisoning
Turpentine oil comes from a substance in pine trees. Turpentine oil poisoning occurs when someone swallows turpentine oil or breathes in the fumes. Breathing these fumes on purpose is sometimes called ...

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Varnish poisoning
Varnish is a clear liquid that is used as coating on woodwork and other products. Varnish poisoning occurs when someone swallows varnish. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or...

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Wart remover poisoning
Wart removers are medicines used to get rid of warts. Warts are small growths on the skin that are caused by a virus. They are usually painless. Wart remover poisoning occurs when someone swallows or uses...

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Wasp sting
This article describes the effects of a wasp sting. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage a sting. If you or someone you are with is stung, call your local emergency number...

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Watercolor paints - swallowing
This article discusses the health problems that might occur when someone swallows watercolor paints. This can happen by accident or on purpose. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat...

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Wax poisoning
Wax is a greasy or oily solid that melts in heat. This article discusses poisoning due to swallowing large amounts of wax or crayons. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage...

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Window cleaner poisoning
Window cleaner poisoning occurs when someone swallows or breathes in large amounts of window cleaner. This can happen by accident or on purpose. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat...

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Windshield washer fluid
Windshield washer fluid is a brightly colored liquid made of methanol, a poisonous alcohol. Sometimes small amounts of other toxic alcohols such as ethylene glycol are added to the mixture. Some young children...

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Wood stains
Wood stains are products used for wood finishing. Wood stain poisoning occurs when someone swallows these substances. This article is for information only. Do NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

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Yew poisoning
The yew plant is a shrub with evergreen-like leaves. Yew poisoning occurs when someone eats pieces of this plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual poison...

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Zinc oxide overdose
Zinc oxide is an ingredient in many products. Some of these are certain creams and ointments used to prevent or treat minor skin burns and irritation. Zinc oxide overdose occurs when someone eats one of...

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Zinc poisoning
Zinc is a metal as well as an essential mineral. Your body needs zinc to function properly. If you take a multivitamin, chances are it has zinc in it. In this form, zinc is both necessary and relatively...