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Can consuming Harpic toilet cleaner kills a person?

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can harpic toilet claner kill a person
Posted Sun, 8 Dec 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 44 minutes later
Brief Answer: Hi Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks forposting your query on XXXXXXX Harpic contains Sodium alkyle benzene sulphonate & sodium alkene sulphonate along with hydrochloric acid. These chemicals are mucosal irritants / corrosives and cause symptoms like abdominal pain, ulceration of oral and gastrointestinal mucosa and respiratory distress. Usually patients who have taken household products by accident get revived in the hospital. Death is not the usual outcome from accidental Harpic ingestion. The reason being that the amount taken is small. Complications like strictures of the Gastrointestinal tract may follow. Since it is a potentially toxic chemical, it can cause death in excessive doses. It should not be consumed at any costs. Taking medical help is essential to avoid complications. Do not try to induce vomiting at home. Instead take gelusil syrup and rush to the hospital. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards Dr Vaishalee
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