Statement from the FDA on Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide 35% should not be marketed or sold for human consumption or internal administration. The FDA has never approved high-strength hydrogen peroxide to be taken internally and considers hydrogen peroxide at 35 percent strength dangerous. High-strength hydrogen peroxide — more than 10 times stronger than the solution used in over-the-counter drugs to disinfect minor cuts — is highly corrosive. Ingesting hydrogen peroxide can cause gastrointestinal irritation or ulceration. Intravenous (IV) administration of hydrogen peroxide can cause inflammation of the blood vessel at the injection site, gas embolisms (bubbles in blood vessels), and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.

Part of the FDA’s mission is to protect consumers from unsafe, ineffective, and poor quality drugs. The drug approval process plays an essential role in ensuring that drugs are both safe, effective and high quality. Using unapproved drugs is a potentially dangerous practice. Neither the FDA or the American public have any assurance that unapproved products are effective, safe, or produced under current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements. Unapproved drugs may be contaminated, sub-potent, super-potent, or counterfeit. In general, products that claim to cure, treat, prevent or mitigate diseases despite not having been proven safe and effective for those intended uses would make it an unapproved new drug and a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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