FDA analysis found Hyland’s teething tablets contained inconsistent amounts of belladonna leading to symptoms of belladonna poisoning. Research has shown that many homeopathic treatments, along with herbal and dietary supplements, are improperly produced. These products also may contain amounts of a potentially dangerous ingredient that can vary drastically from bottle to bottle.
Teething Tablet Recall – FDA Warning
On January 27, 2017, the FDA announced that inconsistent amounts of toxic belladonna had been found in certain homeopathic teething tablets, posing an unnecessary risk to infants and children. According to the FDA, the body’s response to belladonna in children under two 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,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. In response to the recent laboratory findings, the FDA contacted the manufacturer of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, Standard Homeopathic Company in Los Angeles regarding a recall of its products known to contain belladonna. According to the FDA, the company failed to agree to a recall, but the FDA is recommending that consumers stop using and dispose of Hyland’s teething tablets immediately.
Other Warnings and Recalls
In September 2016, the FDA first issued warnings against the use of homeopathic teething products after receiving numerous adverse event reports. In November 2016, Raritan Pharmaceuticals recalled three homeopathic products containing belladonna, two of which were marketed by CVS.
Belladonna Poisoning Symptoms
Symptoms of belladonna poisoning may include:
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blurred vision
- Dilated pupils
- Hot, dry skin
- Weak pulse
- Irregular heartbeat
The side effects of belladonna can further be increased by drugs such as Benadryl, Sudafed, over-the-counter, and prescription cough, cold, and allergy medications.