We’ve all heard of the Visine prank where the mean customer gets a visine cocktail that send them high stepping to the toilet. The belief that visine causes serious pooping problems has been around for years. But does visine make you poop? What’s the real story?
According to health and poison control experts that is one of the side effects. It does cause major gastrointestinal issues including diarrhea in some people. But that’s not the worst of it. Apparently the active ingredient in visine, tetrahydrozoline, can actually kill someone if ingested. In fact, there have been documented cases in the United States where this seemingly harmless prank has gone wrong and killed or caused major medical issues.
Adults and even babies have fallen prey to ingesting visine leading to death. It’s not something to play around with. It can cause the body’s temperature to plummet to dangerously low levels as well as very low blood pressure. Poison control centers even warn that it can send someone into a coma.
So while the visine trick is mainly an urban legend, it is very dangerous and could get you into real trouble if you pull the prank on someone.
And we’re not talking about a lot of it either. As little as a quarter of a bottle can cause serious side effects and even death.
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