Clinical toxicology is a thrust area of medicine that deals with poisons and their harmful effects on human systems. Poisons can be any substance causing undesirable changes in the body when administered through any mode. Apart from these poisonous substances physical phenomena such as radiation, noise and other harmful rays are also considered as toxic. So this field of study can be defined as the study of toxic substances and the mechanism by which it causes adverse reactions in body. The mechanism of toxicity can be a single exposure event or it can be a result of continuous exposure for a long time. Study of toxicology is of very much current relevance today because apart from getting more idea about the characteristics of toxins it also helps in developing various drugs such as anticancer drugs.
âIn our day to day life we are using so many drugs as medicines. We are consuming such medicines unknowing their nature, properties, mechanism of action, toxicity, etcâ Vidhya Malar HL, Mary Mettilda Bai S (2012) Beware of Paracetamol Toxicity. Clinical toxicology articles mainly discusses about mechanism by which drugs works, their toxic doses, drug metabolism and recommended doses. Most of the drugs will adversely effects liver where most of the drug metabolism occurs. Toxic drugs cause liver damage which in turn leads to live failure and death.
Last date updated on June, 2014