The FDA is warning health care professionals and patients about OTC asthma products labeled as homeopathic remedies, noting that the products have not been evaluated by the agency for safety and effectiveness and may pose health risks.
Often sold in retail stores and online, these homeopathic remedies contain ingredients with alleged healing properties. Typically, manufacturers promote the products as being “safe and effective” and “natural” without having them tested or supported by FDA.
The FDA noted that asthma is a serious chronic lung condition that requires proper treatment from a health care professional. When not treated appropriately, asthma can result in hospitalization or emergency care.
Currently, there is no cure for asthma, although the FDA has approved several prescription medications for the condition.
“Consumers with asthma can take an active role in managing their condition by making certain they have appropriate treatments on hand in the event they experience an asthma attack or a worsening of asthma symptoms, and by consulting with a health care provider when needed,” the FDA stated in its warning.
The FDA is advising health care professionals and patients to report any adverse side effects related to the use of OTC asthma products labeled as homeopathic to the MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Consumers can identify these products by looking for the word “homeopathic” on the ingredient label.