The Poison Post ®

September 2022 Edition

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Common Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

The common or lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor) has traditionally been used to treat several illnesses. It is always best to consult with your primary care provider and pharmacist before starting any herbal or supplement regimen to avoid any potential interactions with prescription or over-the-counter medications. Read more

Briviact (brivaracetam) for Epilepsy

Briviact (brivaracetam) is an antiepileptic drug (AED) that is used in combination with another AED to improve control of both focal and generalized seizures. Brivaracetam commonly causes drowsiness and dizziness, so it should be used with caution when taking other sedating medications or alcohol. It can interact with drugs that are metabolized by the liver enzyme CYP2C19. Read more

Are Chinaberry Trees Poisonous?

Chinaberry trees are an invasive species that can be harmful if any part is chewed on or swallowed. Ingestions of small amounts of plant material can cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and diarrhea within 1 hour. Most reports of large ingestions resulting in severe symptoms have occurred in animals. Read more

Fumes from Burning Plastic, Welding, and "Teflon Flu"

Fumes from heated metal and burning plastic products can cause flu-like illnesses in people and animals. People who weld metals at work are at risk, as are those who overheat PTFE (Teflon)-coated cookware. Getting away from the source of the fumes is the most important treatment. Read more

Imidacloprid Insecticide

Imidacloprid is a widely used insecticide available in various forms (e.g., liquid, powder, granules). It’s derived from nicotine and kills insects by causing dysfunction of their nervous systems. Its effects on human, other mammalian, and vertebral nervous systems are much less intense. Small unintentional exposures to imidacloprid are typically well-tolerated. Read more

Are Peace Lilies Poisonous?

The peace lily is one of the most common household plants Poison Control is called about. The flowers, leaves, and stems of the peace lily contain very small, insoluble calcium oxalate crystal that can cause immediate mouth and throat irritation if chewed or swallowed. Read more

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