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December 2019 Edition
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The Baby Ate a Bath Bomb!
When used as directed, bath bombs and fizzies are safe. Swallowing small amounts may cause minor effects such as oral irritation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Larger amounts can cause serious toxicity.  Learn more...
Clonidine and Guanfacine Uses and Safety
Clonidine and guanfacine began as treatments for hypertension but are also used to manage ADHD. Both drugs can cause adverse effects such as drowsiness, headache, dry mouth, and slowed heart rate. Swallowing even one tablet can cause toxicity in a child.  Learn more...
St. John's Wort and Drug Interactions
St. John's wort is generally regarded as safe when taken alone and in recommended doses. However, it is well known to have several drug interactions that can result in serious adverse effects.  Learn more...
Blister Beetles: Do Not Touch!
Blister beetles excrete a toxic blistering agent called cantharidin, which can cause irritation and blistering when it comes in contact with the eyes, skin, mouth, throat, or digestive tract.  Learn more...
Are Rosary Peas Poisonous?
Abrus precatorius beans (also known as rosary peas) are commonly used in foreign-made jewelry and toys, but are highly toxic to humans. If eaten, they can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Learn more...
CBD Products: Do They Work?
CBD is one of the most studied compounds of the cannabis plant. Potential benefits may include anti-inflammatory, immune system, and anti-anxiety effects, but much more scientific investigation is needed. Learn more...
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