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Foxglove Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings

  • The non-fatal self-poisoning of a 36-year-old female patient, who ingested a concoction of foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea), is presented. On the admission, initial symptoms were nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and cardiovascular shock with sinus bradycardia.
    - J Forensic Sci 2000 Sep;45(5):1154-8 -- A non-fatal case of intoxication with foxglove, documented by means of liquid chromatography-electrospray-mass spectrometry. -- Lacassie E, Marquet P, Martin-Dupont S, Gaulier JM, Lachatre G.

  • Symptoms of poisoning include upset stomach, throwing up, problems with eyesight, and skipped heartbeats.

  • Foxglove may interact adversely with prescription medications and other herbs.

  • Potential for deadly cardiac reaction.

last update: March 2014

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