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Homeopathic products, not as innocent and safe as they seem? A case report

Mortelmans, Luc J.M.a; Biesemans, Lindab; Rossom, Paul Vanc

European Journal of Emergency Medicine: August 2004 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 242-243
doi: 10.1097/01.mej.0000127650.76952.57

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.

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


© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.