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Arrow Brand Medicated Oil and Embrocation: Consumer Warning, Product Considered Toxic

Audience: Consumers

FDA warned consumers not to purchase or use a product called "Arrow Brand Medicated Oil & Embrocation," also labeled as "Aceite Medicinal La Flecha (Spanish) ..

The product contains two substances, methyl salicylate and camphor, which are poisonous when ingested or applied to large areas of the body. It is sold primarily in specialty stores that serve Asian and Latino communities and on the Internet.

Symptoms of poisoning from these ingredients 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.

The product, which claims to treat a variety of conditions such as gas, coughs and colds, headache, colic, aches, pain, and influenza, is not a legally marketed drug (neither by a prescription nor as a non-prescription/over the counter drug) or an FDA approved drug. 

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