DIARALIA is a homeopathic remedy for the symptomatic treatment of acute transient diarrhea. It is produced by Boiron, the world’s largest manufacturer of homeopathic remedies. This is how it is currently advertised:
Adults and children from 6 years
Lozenge 1, 4 to 6 times a day, for a maximum of three days of treatment.
Discontinue treatment as soon as symptoms disappear.
Method and route of administration DIARALIA
Sublingual (tablet to dissolve under the tongue)
In children 18 months to 6 years: dissolve the tablet in a little water before use, because of the risk of aspiration. As soon as the permitted age, dissolve the tablets under the tongue.
Duration of treatment DIARALIA
The duration of treatment should not exceed one week.
In case of overdose DIARALIA
If you have taken more DIARALIA orodispersible tablets that you don” should have:
Consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
In case of failure of one or more doses of DIARALIA
If you miss a dose of DIARALIA orodispersible tablets:
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you forgot to take
Pregnancy and lactation with DIARALIA
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine.
In the absence of experimental and clinical data, and as a precautionary measure, the use of this drug should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.
Excipients with known effect: This medicinal product contains lactose,
For a 300 mg tablet
Arsenicum album 9CH 1mg
China rubra 5CH 1mg
Podophyllum peltatum 9 CH 1mg
Excipients: sucrose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate
N” Never use DIARALIA orodispersible tablets:
· In children under 18 months.
· If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substances or to any of the ingredients in CORYZALIA orodispersible tablets.
Possible interactions with DIARALIA
If you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is to be taken between meals.
Like all medicines, DIARALIA orodispersible tablets may cause side effects, although not everybody will not matter.
If you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, or if the side effects gets serious, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Storage conditions DIARALIA
Store at a temperature not exceeding 30 ° C
Precautions and warnings DIARALIA
This medication should not be used in case of vomiting, high fever, blood in the stool.
Any significant diarrhea exposed to the risk of dehydration requiring appropriate rehydration.
If diarrhea persists beyond 3 days, a medical consultation is necessary.
If your doctor has told you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine
Use of this medicine is not recommended in patients with galactose intolerance, a Lapp lactase deficiency or malabsorption syndrome glucose or galactose (rare hereditary diseases).
But is there any evidence that DIARALIA works?
I’m glad you asked!
I looked far and wide but found none (if a reader knows of a clinical trial, please let me know).
Jenifer Jacobs (JJ) published a review of 3 studies – all her own! – and concluded that the results from these studies confirm that individualized homeopathic treatment decreases the duration of acute childhood diarrhea and suggest that larger sample sizes be used in future homeopathic research to ensure adequate statistical power. Homeopathy should be considered for use as an adjunct to oral rehydration for this illness. So, some homeopathy fans might claim there is good evidence. But I dispute that.
- Firstly, there are good reasons to distrust these conclusions.
- Secondly, there are good reasons to doubt that JJ is a reliable researcher.
- Thirdly, JJ used INDIVIDUALIZED homeopathy and not DIARALIA.
We all know, of course, that diarrhea can be a symptom of a range of serious conditions. Thus, one should not joke about it. On the contrary, one should diagnose the reason for the symptom and treat it adequately. And one should certainly not advertise unproven treatments for it; one could even go one step further and claim that anyone who does that is fraudulently endangering the health of the often all too gullible consumer.