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FDA Warns Against Use of Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels

The Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. consumers against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels because they may pose a health risk to infants and children. The agency recommends that consumers stop using these products, which are currently sold in a number of drugstores and pharmacies across the United States as well as on-line, and dispose of any in their possession.

The FDA is currently analysing adverse events reported to the agency regarding homeopathic teething tablets and gels, including seizures in infants and children who were given these products since the issuance in 2010 of a safety alert about homeopathic teething tablets. Product samples are being tested and additional information will be provided to the public as it becomes available. The FDA indicates, meanwhile, that it has not evaluated or approved any of these products for safety or efficacy and urges consumers to seek immediate medical attention if a child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels. The agency adds that teething can be effectively managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies.

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