What is Toxicity?

Toxicity refers to the harmful effects caused as a result of exposure to a poisonous substance. In the context of drugs, toxicity refers to the level at which a substance can cause harm or death to a person. Toxicity can depend on various factors, such as the dose of the substance, the route of administration, and the individual’s age, weight, and overall health.

Drug toxicity can have a wide range of effects, from mild symptoms like headache and nausea to more severe effects like organ failure and death. Some substances are more toxic than others, and even substances considered safe in low doses can be harmful or lethal in high doses.

It’s important to understand the toxicity of drugs to prevent harm and use drugs safely and effectively in medical treatment. Healthcare providers typically assess the risk of toxicity when prescribing or administering drugs and adjust the dose accordingly to minimize the risk of harm.

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