Several brands of medicines are on the recall list…
These medicines could be poisonous. According to the US Food And Drug Administration, several medicines may contain too much belladonna, which can be fatal or dangerous when consumed in large quantities.
The medicines are sold at CVS Pharmacies and have the CVS Brand on the boxes. Included are: Kid’s Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Liquid, Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid and infants’ teething tablets. These products were distributed to CVS stores nationwide.
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“The recall is a precautionary action,” confirmed Sushant Pradhan, a Raritan Pharmaceuticals representative. He said the recalled products contain only about a nanogram of belladonna, which is “not toxic to anybody.” However, the company has not received the recent belladonna test results from the FDA, according to Pradhan.
If you have either product, stop using it immediately and call the Raritan Company at 1-866-467-2748 (Monday-Friday from 8am to 5:30pm EST).
What, exactly, is belladonna? It is a plant whose leaf and root have been used medicinally for years.
A risky practice in Italy involved the use of belladonna berry juice to enlarge the pupils of women to give them a striking appearance.
Belladonna has also been used as a sedative, in the treatment of asthma, bronchial spasms, and whooping cough, and as a hay fever and cold treatment. It is also used in a number of ointments and pain killers.
Belladonna contains chemicals that block nervous system functions. These include: sweating, urination, pupil size, salivation, digestive functions, and others.
There is still little scientific information on belladonna, so maximum dosages are hard to determine, especially for children.
It is a wonder that belladonna made it into these CVS products to begin with given its largely unknown history.
Do you use homeopathic medicines yourself or for your family?