From an eMedHome.com “Clinical Pearl”
Medications which, when taken even in small amounts, can have significant adverse effects on young children.
- Camphor, which is contained in many OTC products such as vapor rubs and Tiger Balm
- Quinine, such as in some cardiac medications and in Placquenil which is used to treat lupus.
- TriCyclic Antidepressants such as Elavil
- Oral Hypoglycemics, such as diabetic medications glipizide and gluburide
- Calcium Channel Blockers, which are fairly common blood pressure medications
- Methyl Salicylate, found in limaments such as Ben-Gay and as an artificial flavoring in peppermint, spearmint, wintergreeen (think of Life Savers and Altoids)
- Theophylline, an asthma medication which has fallen out of favor in the US.
- Imidazolines, which are contained in the blood pressure medicine clonidine, but which can also be found in over the counter medications such as Visine and Afrin
- Lomotil, a medicine for severe persistent diarrhea.
- Toxic Alcohols – such as methanol which is found in many paint removers/varnishes and which is metabolized to fomraldehyde and formic acid in the system. Ethylene glycol is also another toxic alcohol found in antifreeze and de-icing products.
If Poison Control Centers close under nationwide budget cuts, information like this (including treatment options) will be less availble.