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I just swallowed a small amount of bleach. My coffee cup ...

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I just swallowed a small amount of bleach. My coffee cup was really stained so I decided I would put some bleach in it and filled the remainer up with water. It sat all day. However, I have an injury where my doctor prescibed CYCLOBENZAPRINE as a muscle relaxer. I took 1/2 the pill because a whole one makes me tired. I threw the pill in my mouth, saw my coffee cup with water (forgetting I put bleach in it) and took a swig and swallowed. What was left in my mouth I spit out. I went to throw up in the bathroom where very little came out and all I did was give myself a headache. I ate a sandwich just a few minutes before and now drinking water bottle after water bottle. The bleach is household Clorox Fresh Meadow.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Family Physician replied 6 years ago.
How long ago did you do this?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Family Physician's Post: About an hour ago.
Expert:  Family Physician replied 6 years ago.
Ingestion of bleach can cause damage to the mouth and the esophagus. Houshold bleaches ingestions (small amounts) are usually not that dangerous - however, the safest approach would be to get checked in the emergency room to be certain that there was no problem.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/MHMI/mmg184.html

Your other option would be to call the local poison center 1-800-222-1222
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I called Poison control where I was told not to worry since there is no burning sensations or upset stomach. I did tell my wife how much insurance money she's getting if I don't make it. Bless her heart she told me to rest all night..Frown
Expert:  Family Physician replied 6 years ago.
Without symptoms, this is very reasonable. If you do develop any symptoms a trip to the ER would be appropriate.

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