Letter to the Editor

Self-poisoning with Pet Medications

Authors: Khaled Ashawesh, MRCP (UK), Rayid Abdulqawi, MRCP (UK), Saqib Ahmad, MRCP (UK)


To the Editor:

Many pet medications are pharmacologically similar to those prescribed for human use. We describe a case in which a pet's antiepileptic drug (phenobarbitone) was deliberately used for self-poisoning. To our knowledge, this is the first known instance of a deliberate self-poisoning utilizing pet medication.

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