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Side effects and toxicities include restlessness, feelings of anxiety, heightened sense perception, enhanced reflexes, dizziness, painful neck and back stiffness, twitching, jaw and neck spasms, painful convulsions of the entire body, increased muscle tension, difficulty in breathing, seizures, kidney failure, and death.
Long-term use of Ignatius bean, even in amounts so small that they don't seem to cause side effects, can eventually cause liver damage and be fatal. Laboratory tests on urine and stomach contents can identify strychnine poisoning as the cause of death.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Since Ignatius bean is poisonous, be especially careful not to take it if you have one of these conditions:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to use Ignatius bean if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is poisonous, and can harm you and the baby.
Liver disease: Strychnine builds up in individuals with liver damage, making poisoning more likely. Also, strychnine build-up can cause liver damage.
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