(Received 22 May 1979; accepted 27 July 1979)
Published Online: 1980
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A case report is given of a fatality resulting from caffeine intoxication associated with ingestion of an over-the-counter appetite suppressant. Caffeine is one of the drugs most readily available to the general public. Present in many beverages and over-the-counter compounds, caffeine has a relatively low toxicity. Fatalities from caffeine intoxication are rare, with seven cases previously reported in the English language literature.
Forensic medicine Fellow and deputy medical examiner, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn
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