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Echinacea can be found in herbal supplement and sometimes in topical ointments. While it is promoted to treat cold/flu and to relieve pain and inflammation, it is not approved for these conditions by Health Canada.

Short-term use of these products in adults and unintentional ingestion in children is not expected to cause serious effects. Allergic reactions may occur in those with hypersensitivity to Echinacea.

Poisoning Risk


Expected Symptoms

  • Possible upset stomach in higher doses (discomfort, nausea, isolated episode of vomiting or diarrhea).

Home Treatment

  • Provide something to drink for dilution.
  • If you have questions, call the Poison Centre.

*Note: visit the Health Canada website for the database of approved natural health products:


  • This product should be locked up and out of sight with all of your other household medicines.
  • Always keep this product in its original container.
  • Every case is different. OPC is available 24hrs/day to provide information for your individual situation. Call 1-800-268-9017 (Toll-free) or 416-813-5900 (Local).



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