U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns consumers against use of homeopathic teething products

Posted at 12:57 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 15:57:42-04

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose risks to infants and children.

CVS announced a voluntary withdrawal of homeopathic teething products following the FDA's announcement.

The FDA recommends that the public stops using these products and dispose of any in their possession.

Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, sking flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.

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"Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy. The agency is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are sold in retail stores and online and are distributed by companies including both CVS and Hyland.