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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr07.2009.2117.
Published online 2010 March 26. doi:  10.1136/bcr.07.2009.2117
PMCID: PMC3027956
Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

Over-the-counter kaolin and morphine: two hazards in one


A 56-year-old woman, who was admitted with hypokalaemia, hypertension and metabolic alkalosis, was found to be dependent on kaolin and morphine, a common agent used for the treatment of diarrhoea. This case report highlights the problems of an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine such as kaolin and morphine when it can be purchased in large quantities.

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