Frequently Asked Questions

INGREDIENTS & FORMULATION

What are the active ingredients in Camilia?

Camilia contains three active ingredients–Chamomilla 9C HPUS (German chamomile), Phytolacca decandra 5C HPUS (Poke plant), and Rheum 5C HPUS (Chinese rhubarb). A homeopathic medicine’s active ingredients are listed on the product label in Latin, which is the international packaging standard.

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.

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.

What are the inactive ingredients in Camilia?

Camilia’s inactive ingredients are purified water and a barely detectable amount of alcohol (less than 0.001%), which is a by-product of the active ingredients. This small amount of alcohol presents no risk of adverse effects to babies or other young individuals of small weight.

Note that unlike food labels that are required to list ingredients in order of predominance, drugs labels are required to list ingredients in alphabetical order. The primary inactive ingredient in Camilia is purified water, even though it is listed after alcohol.

Does Camilia contain Belladonna?

Camilia does not contain Belladonna. When manufactured according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States under Good Manufacturing Practices, Belladonna is a safe and valuable homeopathic medicine.

Does Camilia contain benzocaine?

No, Camilia is 100% benzocaine-free and does not contain any numbing agents.

Does Camilia contain allergens?

Camilia is free of dairy, lactose, soy, gluten, nuts, and preservatives.

Does Camilia contain artificial ingredients?

No. Camilia does not contain any dyes, colors, flavors, or sweeteners. The liquid is clear and tasteless to ensure a better experience for babies.

Is Camilia sugar free?

Camilia is free of all sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Is Camilia vegan?

Camilia is not certified vegan, but none of the active or inactive ingredients are animal sourced.

Does Camilia contain any GMOs?

We’re proud to say Camilia is the first and only non-GMO teething medicine. It is certified by the Non-GMO Project not to contain any ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms.

Other manufacturers’ teething medications contain benzocaine. Why is the FDA concerned about its use?

On May 23, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reinforced its April 2011 warning to consumers that over-the-counter teething products containing benzocaine pose a serious risk to infants and children: FDA takes action against the use of OTC benzocaine teething products due to serious safety risk, lack of benefit. Camilia’s active ingredients are chemically unrelated to ingredients of concern to FDA. Camilia does not contain benzocaine.

PRODUCT SAFETY

Is Camilia regulated by the FDA? Is it safe to use?

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 a remarkable safety record and is relied upon by parents in nearly 20 countries. In the U.S., FDA’s safety warnings about baby teething products do not apply to Camilia. Its active ingredients are chemically unrelated to ingredients of concern to the FDA. Additionally, Camilia‘s oral liquid dose is also free from risks associated with solid dosage forms previously of concern to the administration. For more information on Camilia‘s quality and safety record, click here.

Does Camilia have any known side effects? Does it have any contraindications or interact with other medications?

Camilia has a very low risk of side effects and no contraindications. It can be taken with other medications you may be giving your child.

Has Camilia ever been recalled?

No. Since opening its U.S. office in 1983, Boiron, the manufacturer of Camilia, has never received a warning letter from the FDA. Nor has the administration recalled Camilia, which has been sold in the U.S. since 1994.

Why does Camilia contain alcohol?

Camilia contains a barely detectable amount of alcohol (less than 0.001%), which results from the manufacturing process of the active ingredients. It is not an added ingredient. This extremely low amount of alcohol presents no risk of adverse effects to babies or other young individuals of small weight.

HOW TO USE

How often should I use give Camilia teething medicine to my child?

The recommended dosage is one entire liquid dose; repeat every 15 minutes for 2 more doses. This repetition of 3 doses can be repeated 3 times a day for a total of 9 doses each day. If your child is still presenting symptoms after 3 days, 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.

What is Camilia’s age limitation?

Camilia teething medicine is indicated for babies ages 1 month and up. You can continue to use Camilia for the entire teething period, which can last until age 3 for some children.

PACKAGING

Does the Camilia plastic vial contain BPA?

No. At Boiron, we use packaging that is best adapted to the protection and stability of our medicines. The Camilia liquid doses are made from materials authorized by the pharmaceutical industry and conforming to the European Pharmacopeia rules and guidelines which exclude Bisphenol A (BPA).

Are the plastic vials recyclable?

Yes, the liquid dose vials are made from low-density polyethylene plastic (LPDE), or #4 plastic, which can be recycled. Check with your local recycling program to see what is accepted in your area.

OTHER INFORMATION

What is homeopathy? What are homeopathic medicines?

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 microdose 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.

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