A rare case of neem oil ingestion as a suicidal modality

Pavanchand Shetty, Ashwini Kumar, Vinod C. Nayak, Navin Patil, A. Avinash, Sowmya Shashidhara, N. Karthik Rao, Raghavendra Rao

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Neem oil is a naturally occurring pesticide, found in seeds of the neem tree. It has been used for hundreds of years to control pests and diseases. Components of neem oil can be found in many modern products of today like toothpaste, cosmetics, soaps, and pet shampoos. People can be exposed to chemicals by eating them, breathing them in, through skin contact or eye contact. Since neem oil is used on a variety of crops, people are mainly exposed to neem oil in their diet. People who apply neem oil may also be exposed if they inhale the mist or dust, let the product touch their skin, or fail to wash their hands before eating or smoking. The authors report a case of an adult female who committed suicide by consuming neem oil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1253-1255
Number of pages3
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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