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Your New Year's Resolutions Could Be Toxic
The new year has begun, and the Central Texas Poison Center is available to help you fulfill your goals without becoming ill from poisons.
Losing weight can be a long and difficult process. Sometimes taking a medication or other supplement can kick start weight loss; however, there can be severe consequences when using diet pills.
Many diet pills contain caffeine, which can be harmful in large quantities. Supplements for weight loss can also interact with some medications. Before starting any new medication or supplement, consult a physician or pharmacist or call the Poison Center 24/7 at 1-800-222-1222.
Quitting smoking and drinking alcohol
Quitting smoking and drinking alcohol will greatly benefit your health, but there can be serious effects if an addiction is stopped suddenly. Consult a physician before quitting an addiction.
Nicotine-containing devices or substances can be dangerous to small children or pets. Keep all items containing nicotine out of reach.
Use caution when using cleaners or other chemicals. Some aerosols can be harmful if inhaled, so open windows when spraying aerosols. Call the Poison Center for information or help regarding chemicals.
Hidden Danger of Button Batteries
Many mall electronic devices and singing greeting cards contain very powerful coin-sized button batteries. When swallowed, these batteries can get stuck in the throat and cause severe burns or death.
Keep these dangerous batteries out of reach of small children. If you suspect a child may have swallowed a button battery, go to the nearest emergency room right away.