Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses diluted substances to relieve symptoms. The active ingredients in homeopathic medicines include diluted plants, animals or minerals that relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength (i.e., a micro dose of coffee bean helps to relieve nervousness).
Homeopathic medicines have been used for more than 200 years. Boiron homeopathic medicines are manufactured in strict accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Today, homeopathic medicines are used by millions of patients and recommended by health care professionals around the world to relieve many acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, muscle pain and teething.
A homeopathic medicine’s active ingredients are listed on the product label in Latin, which is the international packaging standard. Camilia contains three active ingredients: Chamomilla 9C HPUS (dilution of German Chamomile plant), Phytolacca decandra 5C HPUS (dilution of Poke plant), and Rheum 5C HPUS (dilution of Chinese rhubarb plant).
On the label, 5C and 9C indicate the homeopathic dilution. The Centesimal scale or “C,” means that each dilution is 100 times more diluted than the previous one. The number, 5 or 9, indicates how many times the substance has been diluted using this process. For instance, 5C is 100 times more diluted than 4C.
The acronym “HPUS” stands for Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. The HPUS defines the production and usage standards recognized by all reputable manufacturers and the federal government. Parents should look for this acronym on labels of homeopathic products. It ensures consumers that the ingredients were prepared according to the high standards of this official guideline.
Camilia does not contain Belladonna. When manufactured according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Belladonna is a safe and valuable homeopathic medicine.
The recommended dosage is one entire liquid unit-dose; repeat every 15 minutes for two more doses. This repetition of three doses can be repeated three times a day for a total of 9 doses each day. If after three days of 9 doses a day, your child is still presenting symptoms, we recommend confirming with your pediatrician that your child’s symptoms are caused by teething and not a more serious underlying condition. Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms persist for more than 3 days or worsen, or if inflammation, fever or rash develops.
Does Camilia have any side effects? Does it have any contraindications or interact with other medications?
Camilia has no known side effects and no contraindications. It can be taken with other medications you may be giving your child.
Other manufacturers’ teething medications contain benzocaine. Why is the FDA concerned about its use?
On April 7, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public about the use of over-the-counter (OTC) products containing benzocaine. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and is the active ingredient in many OTC products used to relieve pain in the mouth and gums from a variety of conditions such as teething, canker sores, and irritation of the mouth and gums. OTC benzocaine products come in the form of gels, sprays, liquids and lozenges. Benzocaine use may cause a rare, but serious, condition where the amount of oxygen that can be carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. This condition is called methemoglobinemia. FDA is particularly concerned about the use of OTC benzocaine products in children for relief of pain from teething because of the serious outcomes that may be associated with methemoglobinemia, as well as the difficulty parents or consumers may have in recognizing the signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia when using these products at home. Furthermore, symptoms of methemoglobinemia may not always be evident or attributed to the condition. According to the FDA, parents and caregivers should not use OTC benzocaine products on children under two years of age, except under the advice and supervision of a health care professional. If benzocaine products are used, it should be used sparingly and only when needed, but not more than four times a day. For more information on the FDA’s safety announcement regarding benzocaine, please visit www.fda.gov.
Homeopathic medicines, including Camilia, have been regulated as drugs by the FDA since 1938.Like conventional over-the-counter medications, homeopathic medicines are clearly labeled for specific indications and direction, making choices easier for consumers. Camilia has been available in the U.S. for several years, and no adverse reactions linked to Camilia have been reported to the FDA.
No. At Boiron, we use packaging that is best adapted to the protection and stability of our medicines. The Camilia unit-doses are made from materials authorized by the pharmaceutical industry and conforming to the European Pharmacopeia rules and guidelines which exclude Bisphenol A (BPA).