Parents of infants and young children should not use unlicensed homeopathic teething tablets or gels which are available to buy online due to the risk of side effects, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said today.
This advice follows a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into homeopathic teething tablets and gels which could cause serious side effects such as seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation.
These particular products are made and supplied by manufacturers in the USA and are not licensed for use in the UK and are not known to be available in UK outlets. However the unlicensed products may be advertised on online shopping or pharmacy websites.
Parents should be reassured that products licensed in the UK are not affected. A list of homeopathic products licensed by the MHRA is below and these can continue to be used:
|Authorisation Number||Product Name||Authorisation Holder Company Name|
|NR 01175/0184||TEETHA TEETHING GEL||A NELSON AND COMPANY LIMITED|
|NR 01175/0387||NELSONS TEETHA TEETHING GRANULES
BOOTS TEETHING PAIN RELIEF
|A NELSON AND COMPANY LIMITED|
|NR 08822/0250||CAMILIA ORAL SOLUTION||BOIRON|
|NR 27776/0003||HELIOS ABC 30C PILLULES||HELIOS HOMOEOPATHY LIMITED|
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has produced a summary of the available evidence and guidance on how to manage symptoms of teething: http://cks.nice.org.uk/teething#!scenario The summary recommends that initial management should comprise self-care measures, such as gentle rubbing of the gum and allowing the child to bite on a clean and cool object. Paracetamol or ibuprofen suspension, used according to instructions, can be considered for infants 3 months of age or older.
MHRA Director of Licensing, Dr Siu Ping Lam said:
“If you have given your child any unlicensed homeopathic products and they experience side-effects, you should contact your doctor for advice.
“Anyone who has bought unlicensed homeopathic products online should not use them and return them to your pharmacy for disposal.
“We advise members of the public not to buy unlicensed medicines online and have recently launched a campaign to help people purchase medicines via the internet safely. Read our eight top tips for buying medicines and devices safely online: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/know-what-youre-buying
“If your child has experienced a side effect to any medicine you should report these to us at: www.yellowcard.gov.uk“.