Arrow-brand Medicated Oil Warning Issued

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Thursday against the purchase or use of “Arrow Brand Medicated Oil & Embrocation.”

The FDA said the product — also labeled as “Aceite Medicinal La Flecha” — is potentially toxic and contains two substances, methyl salicylate and camphor, which are poisonous when ingested.


“Methyl salicylate and camphor also may be poisonous when applied to a large area of the skin, or when combined with heat to increase absorption of the active ingredients,” the FDA said. “Children are particularly susceptible to poisoning from these ingredients.”

Symptoms of poisoning could include: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, visual changes, dizziness and mental confusion. Some cases of accidental overdose of methyl salicylate and camphor have been fatal, officials added.

Federal officials said the product is primarily available on the Internet and in specialty stores that serve Asian and Latino communities.

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