The FDA has warned consumers not to purchase or use a product called “Arrow Brand Medicated Oil & Embrocation,” also labeled as “Aceite Medicinal La Flecha” (Spanish) or “箭嘜驅風油” (Mandarin). The product 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. FDA preliminary testing on product samples also revealed a compound that appears to be diethylene glycol (DEG), an ingredient used in antifreeze, which may be toxic if ingested. Further testing is needed to confirm the presence of DEG.
Children are particularly susceptible to poisoning from these ingredients. 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.
Consumers who have this product in their possession should stop using it immediately and contact their healthcare provider if they experience any symptoms associated with the use of Arrow Brand Medicated Oil & Embrocation.
For more information visit www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/QuestionsAnswers/ucm213484.htm.