Lead in home remedies

Caution. Home remedies and medicines can help cure sick people. However, some of these home remedies contain lead and will make you very sick.


  • Azarcon: a bright orange powder, also known as Ruedo, Corol, Maria Luiso, Alarcon, Ligo
  • Greta: a yellow powder
  • Both Azarcon and Greta are given for "empacho" (intestinal illness).
  • Both Azarcon and Greta are almost 100% lead. Any amount is poisonous to children and adults.

Why is Lead Dangerous?

Lead poisoning can cause damage to the kidneys, nervous system, and brain. Children have suffered permanent brain damage and even died from the use of Azarcon and Greta.

Children with lead poisoning usually do not look or act sick. When they do show signs of lead poisoning, their symptoms can be very much like empacho. The symptoms of lead poisoning include tiredness, sleeplessness, stomachache, and vomiting.

What can I do if I've taken or have given my child a home remedy that contains lead?

You should get medical attention immediately. Call your doctor, clinic, or local health department for more information or for help with treatment for lead poisoning. Ask your health department to arrange for a free test to determine if there is lead in your Azarcon or Greta, Medical information is confidential. Your health is the main concern.

You can also call the Poison Control telephone hotline in your area. Look for their number in the front of the white pages in your phone book. Someone is available 24 hours/day to answer your questions and help in an emergency.

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