Coronavirus Related Poisonings, Information

Dangerous COVID-19 treatments, remedies

Self-medicating is dangerous. Oregon Poison Center warns not to self-medicate by ingesting: hydroxycholorquine or chloroquine, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, excess colloidal silver, excess vitamin D, are anything purported to be a COVID-19 medication.

There are no supplements, medications or remedies that are known to be effective in the outpatient treatment of, or prevention of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.  Unfortunately, many of the remedies that are being circulated among social media users may be very harmful. Several Americans have developed severe toxicity from chloroquine obtained through non-medical sources. While hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are being studied in the United States and worldwide, they must be administered under a physician’s supervision to avoid toxicity and even death. Other remedies, including ingesting bleach, ingesting hydrogen peroxide, or using supplements in excess, including colloidal silver or vitamin D, may be dangerous and have long-term health effects. Read Oregon Poison Center's full statement about dangerous COVID-19 remedies. See the sections below for more information about emerging products of concern.  

Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and self-medicating with remedies from non-medical sources

Watch Dr. Hendrickson's interview with KGW 8 and learn more about hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and why self-medicating with remedies from non-medical sources is dangerous. 

Joint statement by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers caution about toxicity from hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.  

"What You Should Know About Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine" - FAQ from Maryland Poison Center 

Oleandrin

Joint statement by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers caution about the proposed use of oleandrin for treatment of COVID-19.

Ivermectin

Oregon Poison Center statement about ivermectin misuse: "Five Oregonians hospitalized due to misuse of ivermectin for COVID-19."

Oregon Poison Center statement about ivermectin and COVID-19: "Do not use drug designed to treat parasitic worms for COVID-19."

CDC Health Advisory about ivermectin toxicity: "Rapid Increase in Ivermectin Prescriptions and Reports of Severe Illness Associated with Use of Products Containing Ivermectin to Prevent or Treat COVID-19."

Hand Sanitizer Contamination

Hand sanitizer bottle pictured with a hand ready to clean

The FDA has identified more than 100 brands of hand sanitizer labeled to contain ethanol or isopropyl alcohol but have tested positive for methanol or 1-propanol contamination. These are not acceptable ingredients for hand sanitizer products marketed in the United States and can be toxic and life-threatening when ingested. FDA has expanded its do-not-use list of hand sanitizers to include hand sanitizers that are or may be contaminated. Check the list for products you may have at home and stop use of hand sanitizers on this list immediately. 

If you have questions or concerns about hand sanitizer exposures call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222

Cleaning Safely

cleaning supplies pictured with safety reminders: use as directed, avoid mixing cleaners, store up, away and out of sight from children and always supervise children when they are around cleaning supplies. If you suspect a poisoning, don't take a chance, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

As we take measures to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces is an important part of preventing the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches and toilets with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants appropriate for the surface. When used properly, these products can be effective against the spread of diseases like COVID-19. When used incorrectly, these products may be harmful to the user and others in the household, especially children.

Learn more about how to clean safely during the pandemic.

Read the joint statement by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers caution about use of cleaning products and disinfectants.

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