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.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Idaho man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    Idaho man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    Sunday, October 14 2018 12:16 PM EDT2018-10-14 16:16:12 GMT
    Bob Legasa Facebook Page Public PostingBob Legasa Facebook Page Public Posting
    Bob Legasa Facebook Page Public PostingBob Legasa Facebook Page Public Posting

    A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. 

    A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. 

  • Idaho wildlife official kills baboon family, shares photos

    Idaho wildlife official kills baboon family, shares photos

    Saturday, October 13 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-10-13 17:43:30 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The judgment of an Idaho Fish and Game Commission member is being questioned after he shared photos of himself posing with a family of baboons, including young baboons, he killed while hunting in Africa.    Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter spokesman Jon Hanian tells The Idaho Statesman in a story on Friday that the governor's office is looking into the matter involving Commissioner Blake Fischer.

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The judgment of an Idaho Fish and Game Commission member is being questioned after he shared photos of himself posing with a family of baboons, including young baboons, he killed while hunting in Africa.    Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter spokesman Jon Hanian tells The Idaho Statesman in a story on Friday that the governor's office is looking into the matter involving Commissioner Blake Fischer.

  • Tattoo parlor raises money for local breast cancer patients

    Tattoo parlor raises money for local breast cancer patients

    Sunday, October 14 2018 8:34 PM EDT2018-10-15 00:34:25 GMT

    Rise Again Tattoo hosted a special Breast Cancer event on Sunday. At the event, they offered Breast Cancer awareness designs for fifty dollars each. 

    Rise Again Tattoo hosted a special Breast Cancer event on Sunday. At the event, they offered Breast Cancer awareness designs for fifty dollars each. 

  • Snow temporarily forces some Wyoming highways to close

    Snow temporarily forces some Wyoming highways to close

    Sunday, October 14 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-10-14 14:54:55 GMT
    Wyoming transportation officials are reopening portions of the highways they had been forced to close due to snow and ice.
    Wyoming transportation officials are reopening portions of the highways they had been forced to close due to snow and ice.
  • Body found in Missouri River

    Body found in Missouri River

    Saturday, October 13 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-10-13 16:43:59 GMT
    Sunday, October 14 2018 5:56 PM EDT2018-10-14 21:56:08 GMT

    A body has been located in the Missouri River in Great Falls near Electric City Water Park.

    We have a crew on the scene and will update with additional information as we can get it.

    Please avoid the area to allow law enforcement to do their work.

    A body has been located in the Missouri River in Great Falls near Electric City Water Park.

    We have a crew on the scene and will update with additional information as we can get it.

    Please avoid the area to allow law enforcement to do their work.

  • Circumstances surrounding missing Billings woman considered suspicious

    Circumstances surrounding missing Billings woman considered suspicious

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 4:16 PM EDT2018-10-09 20:16:15 GMT

    Billings police detectives believe Laura Johnson disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

    Billings police detectives believe Laura Johnson disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

  • President Trump coming to Missoula

    President Trump coming to Missoula

    Saturday, October 13 2018 10:27 PM EDT2018-10-14 02:27:02 GMT

    Details on President Donald Trump's third visit to Montana have been released.

    Details on President Donald Trump's third visit to Montana have been released.

  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your

    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous page