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Strychnine (pronEng|ˈstrɪkniːn (British, U.S.), IPA|/-naɪn/ or IPA|/-nɪn/ (U.S.)) is a very toxic (LD50 = 10 mg approx.), colorless crystalline alkaloid used as a pesticide, particularly for killing small vertebrates such as birds and rodents. Strychnine causes muscular convulsions and eventually death through asphyxia or sheer exhaustion. The most common source is from the seeds of the "Strychnos nux vomica" tree. Strychnine is one of the most bitter substances known. Its taste is detectable in concentrations as low as 1 ppm.


Strychnine acts as a blocker or antagonist at the inhibitory or strychnine-sensitive glycine receptor (GlyR), a ligand-gated chloride channel in the spinal cord and the brain.

Although it is best known as a poison, small doses of strychnine were once used in medications as a stimulant, a laxative and as a treatment for other stomach ailments. A 1934 drug guide for nurses described it as "among the most valuable and widely prescribed drugs". ["Principal Drugs and Their Uses", A.L. Morton, Faber and Faber, London, 1934] Strychnine's stimulant effects also led to its use historically for enhancing performance in sports. ["Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise", Michael S. Bahrke and Charles Yesalis, Human Kinetics, 2002, ISBN 0736036792 [ Google Books] ] Because of its high toxicity and tendency to cause convulsions, the use of strychnine in medicine was eventually abandoned once safer alternatives became available.

The dosage for medical use was cited as between "1/60th grain–1/10th grain", which is between 1.1 milligrams and 6.4 milligrams in modern measures. Normally the maximum dosage used was 3.2 mg, half of a "full dose". [ [ Nux Vomica. | Henriette's Herbal Homepage ] ] A lethal dose was cited as 1/2 a grain (32 mg), but people have been known to die from as little as 5 mg of strychnine.

ee also

*Strychnine poisoning


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