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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 1 month ago

Could eye drops really kill someone if they drink them ?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    In people with  heart diseases like atrial fibrillation ,congestive heart failure or myocardial infarction swallowed eye drops that contain decongestants for the eye and/or the nose  ( like diphenhydramine or pseudoephedrine ) belonging to the sympathomimetic group of drugs , serious cardiac arrythmias can develop and the outcome can be fatal ...

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  • M.P.
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    No but they might give you the runs, it's the salene.

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  • Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Depends. Some eye drops only contain lubricating ingredients and some eye drops contain eye-whitening vasoconstrictors, which could conceivably give you a stroke or heart attack because it narrows blood vessels. So, in general, avoid drinking eye drops.

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  • Retief
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, eye drops contain tetrahydrozaline which is toxic.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    A prescription eye drop like tobramycin a person might be allergic to tobramycin if it's ingested.

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  • 1 month ago

    How much of a quantity and how big a person and which eyedrop product?  There is an FDA warning about poisoning in small children resulting from consumption of fairly small quantities of medical eyedrops (eyedrops containing a medication of some sort or another, anthihistamine or blood vessel dilator or whatever) but there have been no reported deaths.  Infants have gotten sick from such consumption (vomiting, lethargy, heart issues, even coma, apparently).

    So I would say yes but not likely except with infants or very low body weight individuals.  Sure would suck to have a family member be the first to die from this though, wouldn't it. 

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