CASE REPORTSHomeopathic products, not as innocent and safe as they seem? A case reportMortelmans, Luc J.M.a; Biesemans, Lindab; Rossom, Paul Vanc Author Information aDepartments of Emergency Medicine bAnaesthesiology and Intensive Care cClinical Laboratory, AZ KLINA, B2930 Brasschaat, Belgium Correspondence to Luc J.M. Mortelmans, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, AZ KLINA, Augustijnslei 100, B2930 Brasschaat, Belgium e-mail: [email protected] European Journal of Emergency Medicine: August 2004 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 242-243 doi: 10.1097/01.mej.0000127650.76952.57 Buy Metrics Abstract Although homeopathic and other alternative products are very popular and are supposed to be safe and harmless they are not free of risks. We present the case of a 29-year-old woman who had to be treated for a state of extreme agitation after using speed, alcohol and homeopathic slimming droplets (LOCO X112). Toxicological analysis of these droplets revealed the presence of thyroid extract and diethylpropione, an amphetamine-like noradrenergic anorectic agent banned in Belgium. This case among other reports in the literature proves that homeopathic products are not as safe and harmless as they seem. Medical professionals as well as the public should be aware of this. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.