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Posted March 19, 2015

Don't Rely on Homeopathic Asthma Products, FDA Warns

On March 19, 2015, the FDA warned consumers who have asthma, or who have a child with asthma, not to rely on homeopathic products that promise to treat asthma or asthma-related symptoms.

Although homeopathic products may be promoted as "natural" or "safe and effective," they have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. They may be sold in retails stores, or online, and can often be identified by the following:

  • Described as "Natural" or "Safe and Effective"
  • Labeled as "Homeopathic," or "Homoeopathic"
  • Active ingredients that are listed in terms of dilution (e.g. LM1, 6X or 30C)
The agency noted that there are prescription treatments for asthma which have been FDA approved as safe and effective, as well as some over-the-counter (OTC) products that are marketed in accordance with an FDA monograph, and urged anyone who has asthma or thinks they may have asthma to consult with their health care provider.

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To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.