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Or is stuff like Toxic always better?

Does Poison Heal work with Toxic poison, or just regular poison?  That's my only thought.
Are you battling other people, the Battle Tree, or in-game trainers? In 6v6 singles, sometimes you only get one turn to use toxic spikes, so you can only get regular poison.

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Regular poison's damage is generally equivalent to turn 2 of Toxic, so if the opponent is only staying in for one or two turns at a time, they end up taking more damage if it's regular poison.

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And, as a result, Toxic works great to keep Pokemon who would wall you out of battle for considerable periods.