BEYOND THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE - FATAL CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS AFTER INGESTION OF AN HERBAL MEDICATION
Keywords:herbal medicine; erectile dysfunction; bi-directional ventricular tachycardia
AbstractThere is increasing popularity in the use of herbal medicine for different ailments as these natural products are considered safer than conventional medicines; however, their use in dosage exceeding prescribed limits can result in serious toxic side effects. We present a case of a 63-year-old male who presented with complaints of restlessness, nausea, vomiting and tingling sensation on his body and ECG evidence of bi-directional ventricular tachycardia. On interrogation, it was revealed that the patient had self-prepared and consumed large quantity of an herbal medication (containing toxic aconite roots) as therapy for erectile dysfunction resulting in a fatal outcome.
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