Licorice Root Resulting in Admission to the Intensive Care Unit

Kaylene Duttchen



Patients commonly use herbal and food supplements and may often assume that a product is safe because it is “natural”; however, many of these products are just as dangerous as any prescription drug. This case report describes the admission of a patient to the intensive care unit after consumption of a food supplement containing licorice root (Glycyrrhiza sp.). The purpose of this report is to illustrate that commonly overlooked items in medication histories, such as food supplements, may lead to life-threatening complications. Detailed history-taking and investigation of herbal products identified in a medication history is essential to good pharmaceutical care.

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