Poison Ivy

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How does Poison Ivy work?

Poison ivy is a severe skin irritant that stimulates the immune system. Re-exposure leads to allergic reactions.

Are there safety concerns?

Poison ivy is UNSAFE. It can cause severe irritation of the mouth, throat, and lining of the stomach and intestines; nausea; vomiting; colic; diarrhea; dizziness; blood in the urine; fever; and coma. Skin contact can cause redness, swelling, blisters, severe skin destruction, swelling of the eye (cornea), or loss of sight.

Inhaling smoke from the burning plant can result in fever, lung infection, and death.

Do not take poison ivy if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Dosing considerations for Poison Ivy.

The appropriate dose of poison ivy depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for poison ivy. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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