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A perennial herb once used as an anthelmintic, emetic, purgative, and liver tonic; its marked purgative activity precludes its therapeutic use; a semisynthetic derivative, etoposide, is used to treat cancers
Toxicity Dermatitis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, severe gastroenteritis, and possibly death; mayapple is regarded by the FDA as ‘unsafe’

mayapple (māˈ·aˑ·pl),

n Latin name:
Podophyllum peltatum; part used: rhizome; uses: snakebites, poisoning, laxative, wart removal; precautions: pregnancy, children, gallbladder disease, elderly, hypersensitivity, intestinal obstruction, dia-betes; can cause confusion, headache, dizziness, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hepatotoxicity, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, ataxia, apnea, shortness of breath, altered consciousness, numbness. Also called
American mandrake, devil's-apple, ground lemon, mandrake, wild mandrake, wild lemon, Indian apple, racoon berry, umbrella plant, duck's foot, and
hog apple. See also mandrake.

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