Cyanide Poisoning


What were the signs and symptoms of cyanide poisoning you or someone you know? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Beateatzinger, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

My cyanide poisoning symptoms were nausea, followed by vigorous vomiting repeatedly, accompanied by a headache. Other symptoms were confusion, hallucination, loss of balance, dizziness, and an uncontrollable diarrhea with odor of sulfur like biproduct or fermented almonds. I had dehydration as a result of regurgitating countlessly, persisting severe thirst and lack of maintaining levels of necessary fluids, responsible for proper hydration in the body, which is simultaneously challenged by oxygen loss.

Comment from: coolboot, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I am an 84 year old male in relatively good health but suspected of prostate cancer. I tried bitter apricot seeds as preventive treatment. I chewed 4 seeds after dinner around 10 pm and retired at midnight. At 3 am I was startled awake with headache, abdominal pain, and acute nausea. Taste of bitter almonds was present in my mouth for a week after. I upchucked twice in an hour what appeared to be remains of the apricot seeds. My body was rejecting the seeds. I was unable to go back to sleep and spent the day in pain with headache, nausea and no appetite. I was unable to sleep next night, got dressed at 5 am and took cab to the emergency room where they ran a CT scan. They found a mass in my lower stomach, and I was told and they wanted to biopsy for cancer. I told them I had food poisoning, not cancer; cyanide in apricot seeds. They focused on cancer. For 3 days and nights I writhed in hospital bed with pain, nausea, headache, unable to sleep or eat. Sipping a little water was best I could do. They put me on a drip saline solution and pain reliever. By the time four days had elapsed, the pain had mostly subsided, and I could tell I was getting back to normal; that night they released me with no diagnosis but instructions to check in with primary care for outpatient follow up. I think I will never eat bitter apricot seeds again!

Comment from: Joy E, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I am going through something right now in my home. I think my children’s father puts something in my face products, maybe cyanide. It is absorbed in my skin, and within 5 minutes I feel sick. I get stomach cramps, extreme agitation, dizziness and confusion. It’s been going on now for over a year and I am having symptoms of chronic heavy metal poisoning; constipation and gastro-intestinal issues. I have nowhere to go to get away from him. He is mentally very sick.

Comment from: Ronny M, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 14

I am extremely sensitive to solanine, the nightshade and related poisons in tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, okra, goji, blueberries, tobacco, watermelon, and more. As a tasty alternative to potatoes, I have been experimenting with fresh cassava. I've eaten it boiled, as cooked pulp from juicing, and as cooked tapioca that settled in the juice after juicing. Today I’m having muscle and joint pains in forearms and hands from poisoning I guess after primarily eating a lot of delicious cooked cassava pulp from juicing.

Comment from: Wondering, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 01

I wonder if repeated (though not continual) occurrences of cyanide poisoning (likely through cassava-based food, with cassava leaves being processed on the spot, and fufu which are made from cassava roots) can cause mental confusion in an older person.

Comment from: Linda T., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

My antidepressant drugs were switched to cyanide pills without me knowing that they were switched. I was taken to the Emergency Room unconscious.

Comment from: tenorlass, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

My 6-month-old baby brother died from cyanide gas. It had been used to fumigate our house. I had just turned 3 and my sister was 7, and I think we have been affected medically about this event that happened in 1946. We both have lung conditions, and we both had to be resuscitated after the house had been fumigated in 1946.


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