FDA: Don't overdose on black licorice this Halloween - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

FDA: Don't overdose on black licorice this Halloween

Posted: Updated:
KULR8.COM -

As it turns out, you really can overdose on candy—or, more precisely, black licorice.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning licorice lovers to practice moderation ahead of the Halloween holiday. 

The FDA offers some advice in a release on Monday:

If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.

FDA experts say black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall. When that happens, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms, as well as high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure.

FDA’s Linda Katz, M.D., says last year the agency received a report of a black licorice aficionado who had a problem after eating the candy. And several medical journals have linked black licorice to health problems in people over 40, some of whom had a history of heart disease and/or high blood pressure.

If you have a fondness for black licorice, FDA is offering this advice:

  • No matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time.
  • If you have been eating a lot of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a drug or supplement you take.
  • TrendingMore>>

  • Academies of Science study backs lowering of BAC limits

    Academies of Science study backs lowering of BAC limits

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:11 AM EST2018-01-19 05:11:52 GMT
    One or two drinks could earn you a DUI if Montana chooses to follow new safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board.  Though the number of alcohol-related highway fatalities has dropped since lowering the limit to 0.08, the board would like to see that number drop even more. The National Transportation Safety Board released their "Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol Impaired Driving" safety report back in 2013, but it's gained additio...
    One or two drinks could earn you a DUI if Montana chooses to follow new safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board.  Though the number of alcohol-related highway fatalities has dropped since lowering the limit to 0.08, the board would like to see that number drop even more. The National Transportation Safety Board released their "Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol Impaired Driving" safety report back in 2013, but it's gained additio...
  • Neo-Nazi publisher won't reveal whereabouts, citing threats

    Neo-Nazi publisher won't reveal whereabouts, citing threats

    Thursday, January 18 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-01-19 02:40:49 GMT
    Daily Stormer founder Andrew AnglinDaily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin

    The publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website won't publicly reveal where he's living, claiming he gets "credible" death threats.

    The publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website won't publicly reveal where he's living, claiming he gets "credible" death threats.

  • Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

    Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 10:35 PM EST2018-01-18 03:35:13 GMT

    A prestigious scientific panel is recommending states significantly lower their drunken driving threshold. It says 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths a year are "entirely preventable."

    A prestigious scientific panel is recommending states significantly lower their drunken driving threshold. It says 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths a year are "entirely preventable."

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Abuse in house of torture was 'severe, pervasive, prolonged'

    Abuse in house of torture was 'severe, pervasive, prolonged'

    Friday, January 19 2018 2:15 AM EST2018-01-19 07:15:58 GMT
    The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago.
    The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago.
  • UPDATE: Yakima County Sheriff's Office finds missing woman with Alzheimer's safe

    UPDATE: Yakima County Sheriff's Office finds missing woman with Alzheimer's safe

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:40 AM EST2018-01-19 05:40:07 GMT

    YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Yakima County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a woman missing since Tuesday. 69-year-old Linda Casey suffers from Alzheimer's and is believed to be in danger.  Casey is 5 ft, 115 lbs. She was last seen on 80 Buckeye Lane in Naches and is believed to be driving a 2014 silver Hyundai Sonata.  Anyone with information is asked to call Yakima County Sheriff's Office at (509) 574-2500. 

    YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Yakima County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a woman missing since Tuesday. 69-year-old Linda Casey suffers from Alzheimer's and is believed to be in danger.  Casey is 5 ft, 115 lbs. She was last seen on 80 Buckeye Lane in Naches and is believed to be driving a 2014 silver Hyundai Sonata.  Anyone with information is asked to call Yakima County Sheriff's Office at (509) 574-2500. 

  • Neo-Nazi publisher won't reveal whereabouts, citing threats

    Neo-Nazi publisher won't reveal whereabouts, citing threats

    Thursday, January 18 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-01-19 02:40:49 GMT
    Daily Stormer founder Andrew AnglinDaily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin

    The publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website won't publicly reveal where he's living, claiming he gets "credible" death threats.

    The publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website won't publicly reveal where he's living, claiming he gets "credible" death threats.

  • Car collision sends two people to the hospital

    Car collision sends two people to the hospital

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:50 AM EST2018-01-19 05:50:25 GMT

    Two people were rushed to the hospital after being pulled out of a vehicle due to a crash on S. 48th St. W and King Ave. West.

    Two people were rushed to the hospital after being pulled out of a vehicle due to a crash on S. 48th St. W and King Ave. West.