February 5, 2016


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How does Belladonna work?

Belladonna has chemicals that can block functions of the body's nervous system. Some of the bodily functions regulated by the nervous system include salivation, sweating, pupil size, urination, digestive functions, and others.

Are there safety concerns?

Belladonna contains chemicals that can be toxic and potentially unsafe. Side effects can include dry mouth, enlarged pupils, blurred vision, red dry skin, hyperthermia, fast heartbeat, inability to urinate or sweat, hallucinations, spasms, mental problems, convulsions, and coma.

Do not use belladonna if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have congestive heart failure (CHF).
  • You have constipation.
  • You have Down syndrome.
  • You have heartburn.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have stomach ulcers or ulcerative colitis.
  • You have an infection or blockage of the stomach or intestines.
  • You have a hiatal hernia.
  • You have narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • You have an irregular heartbeat.
  • You have trouble urinating.

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