The Poison Post ®

December 2022 Edition

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Winter Holiday Poison Safety

Keep a poisoning mishap from ruining your winter holiday festivities! Some winter holiday poisoning hazards include carbon monoxide, tiny magnet toys, some decorations and plants, food poisoning, alcohol, THC edibles, prescription medicines in the wrong hands, and button batteries found in toys, key fobs, singing cards, and other items. Read more

Is Pepto Bismol Safe?

Pepto Bismol contains bismuth subsalicylate and is used for stomach upset and diarrhea. Bismuth can temporarily cause black tongue and feces. Salicylate toxicity can occur after overdose. Avoid Pepto Bismol if you take aspirin regularly. It is not advisable during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Children under 12 years of age should not take salicylate products due to an increased risk for Reye’s Syndrome. Read more

Are Peach Pits Poisonous?

Peach pits and other seeds from the plant family Prunus contain a potentially dangerous chemical called amygdalin that can creates poisonous cyanide when digested. While swallowing a single pit is unlikely to cause cyanide poisoning, consumption of several unprocessed pits can produce symptoms. Read more

Is Windex Toxic?

Windex products are designed for cleaning glass, outdoor furniture, and hard surfaces. There are many different formulations of Windex. The ingredients vary between products, but they typically contain surfactants, solvents, and dyes. These chemicals are irritating when swallowed and can cause unwanted signs and symptoms including vomiting and abdominal pain. Read more

What You Need to Know about Lip Products

Many types of lip products are available for cosmetic and medical purposes. They come in various colors, scents, and forms to fit the user’s needs and preferences. Despite how colorful and fragrant these products are, it is important that they are not eaten or swallowed. Read more

Is Metformin Safe?

Metformin is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It has mild side effects and is generally safe when taken as prescribed. Rarely, it can cause a severe and life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis in patients with specific risk factors. Read more

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