The Poison Post ®
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December 2017 Edition
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Aconitum napellus: a purple poison
Aconitum napellus flowers look beautiful, but swallowing any part of the plant could be deadly.   Learn more...
Donepezil can be toxic if too much is taken
Donepezil treats Alzheimer's dementia by raising levels of acetylcholine in the brain. That can modestly improve symptoms but also cause numerous adverse reactions and drug interactions.   Learn more...
Can menthol have harmful effects?
Menthol is the most abundant compound found in peppermint oil. It can cause superficial irritation in small amounts and severe systemic symptoms in large amounts. Learn more...
Nitrate and nitrite poisoning
Nitrates and nitrites are abundant in the environment and in medicines and products in the home. Overexposure to nitrates and nitrites can deprive the body of oxygen, causing a blue-gray discoloration of the skin. Learn more...
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