The Poison Post ®
Brought to you by Poison Control Centers
March 2018 Edition
Save the Number, Save a Life!
Go to or text poison to 484848 to download Poison Control's contact info directly to your smartphone. Be prepared! Download and save the phone number and the link to online guidance for a suspected poisoning. Do it now!
Ginkgo Biloba: Risks and Benefits
Ginkgo biloba is used by many people in an effort to improve memory and slow age-related intellectual decline, but solid evidence to support these benefits is limited. Ginkgo biloba is generally considered safe, but it can cause adverse effects and interactions with other drugs. Learn more...
My Child Swallowed Dishwasher Detergent
Automatic dishwashing detergents (ADDs) come in powders, liquids, tablets, and pods. Exposure to ADDs commonly results in irritation. Severe effects, like burns and tissue damage, can also occur depending on the type of ADD, the amount, and the duration of exposure. Learn more...
Are Tarantulas and Scorpions Dangerous?
Tarantula bites typically only cause pain at the bite site, but contact with tarantula hairs can cause redness, itching, and swelling. Most scorpions in the US are not very dangerous, but painful stings are common. Serious effects can occur with stings from the bark scorpion. Learn more...
Side Effects of Overactive Bladder Meds
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition that causes a sudden urge to urinate. OAB can be managed through behavioral techniques and medications. However, many people experience side effects, such as dry mouth, even at therapeutic doses. Learn more...
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