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We all know medicines can be dangerous, but we may not always think of personal care products or household cleaners as poisons. It's second nature to use these items and to have them readily available. However, household products can be poisons if used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person.

Remember, young children can't read labels, and many products around the home look like candy or something tasty to drink.

Take a look for yourself. Can you see a difference?

Common Look-A-Likes:

Cleaner and Juice

Medicine and Juice

Sports Drink and Cleaner

Cleaner and Sports Drink

Mouthwash and Blue Soda

Jelly Beans and Iron Tablets

Mouse Killer and Hard Candy

Candy and Chewable Medicine

Gummy Bears and Gummy Vitamins

Chocolate and Laxatives

Chew Candy and Medicine


  • Click here for a downloadable and printable poster featuring the look-a-likes above.
  • Click individual images to expand the pictures for individual use.
  • Click here for tips to avoid look-a-like poisonings.

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If you think a child might have gotten into medicine, vitamins, cleaning supplies, or personal care items call NC Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 right away. Don't wait for symptoms to develop as many times symptoms are delayed.

Last Updated on 02/06/2019