Kava root extract as a pill form sits in a wooden bowl on a counter.

Kava

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Kava kava root is offered in beverages, capsules, and extracts. It’s believed to help with mood, sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression. But having too much of this root can cause liver toxicity.

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A bottle of Chloraseptic cherry flavor sits on a counter top.

Chloraseptic® Spray

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Chloraseptic® sore throat spray helps to relieve mouth or throat irritation and uses Phenol, which helps to numb the area. What happens if you or someone in your house swallows Chloraseptic® instead of spitting it out?

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An up-opened packet of asthma/allergy pill medication sits on a counter top.

Singulair

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Singulair® is a medication that is used to help treat asthma, allergies, and wheezing after exercising. It is available as tablets, chewable tablets, and granules.

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Acid reducing pills sitting on a counter with prescription bottle behind.

Acid Reducers

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Acid reducers such as Tagamet®, Pepcid AC®, and Prevacid®, are popular household items that you can get over the counter. These help to reduce the amount of acid that is made in the stomach to help relieve heartburn, GERD, and ulcers.

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Urine

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Most of our poisoning questions about urine involve accidental ingestions by children. Sometimes when left unsupervised in the bathroom, children will play in the toilet and ingest taste amounts of urine.

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Pet Flea Medication

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Pet flea medications can be found in various products and formulations. They usually contain insecticides or substances that kill insects. Topical flea medications include shampoos, sprays, powders, and spot treatments. There are also pills that are given to the pet by mouth and special flea collars for the pet to wear.

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Pepper Spray

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Pepper sprays are formulated with oleoresin capsicum, a natural component of hot pepper plants. It is used for self-defense in the form of a spray and is also used in some topical arthritis rubs.

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Turmeric

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Turmeric is a common spice made from the turmeric plant native to Southeast Asia. It is most commonly known as the yellow-orange spice found in curry powder.

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Echinacea

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Echinacea (also called coneflower) is a flowering plant native to North America. It was used in traditional medicine among Native Americans hundreds of years ago.

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Cough Drops

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Cough drops are sometimes referred to as throat lozenges. They are typically sweet and designed to dissolve slowly in the mouth to keep the throat lubricated, soothe irritated tissues, and reduce symptoms of coughing.

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Bottle of Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Supplements

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The elderberry plant (botanic name sambucus nigra) has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries. Most recently, elderberry supplements have been marketed as an “immune system booster” due to its antioxidant properties and vitamin C.

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