An elderly woman swallowed 2 tablets of a denture-cleansing agent (Steradent) believing them to be her sleeping tablets. This caused severe burning pain in the throat and resulted in a tight postcricoid oesophageal stricture. Treatment by repeated dilatation of the stricture has been only partially successful. Characteristic containers for non-medicinal tablets might help those with poor vision, and medicinal and non-medicinal tablets should never be stored in the same place.
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