FDA Warns Of Toxic Substance In Homeopathic Teething Products.
The ADA News (1/31, Manchir) reports the US Food and Drug Administration states it has found varying amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in some homeopathic teething tablets, urging consumers in a Jan. 27 news release not to use the products. The most recent warning comes after an FDA news release in September 2016, which also cautioned consumers about homeopathic teething tablets and gels due to reports of adverse events. In both notices, the FDA encourages healthcare providers and consumers to report any adverse events experienced when using the products.
Reuters (1/27, Grover) reported belladonna can cause seizures, muscle weakness, and exhaustion.
On its website, NBC News (1/27, Fox) reported that belladona “is an extract of the deadly nightshade plant,” has hallucinogenic properties, and “is highly toxic in large amounts.” According to FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Janet Woodcock, “The body’s response to belladonna in children under 2 years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk. We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”
Healthcare professionals and consumers can report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of these tablets and gels on the FDA’s website.
The ADA maintains a list on ADA.org of safety alerts related to dental drugs and devices. Visit ADA.org/safetyalerts for more information.
In addition, MouthHealthy.org provides additional information for patients on teething.
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