August 28, 2008
Cough Medicines Off the Market
Authorities in the United Kingdom have removed six cough medicines from their pharmacies and moved about 100 other products to "behind the counter" until their labeling is changed to state they are not for children under two years of age. The alert concerns 12 active ingrethents: brompheniramine, chlor phenamine, dextromethorphan, diphenhydramine, ephedrine, guaifenesin, ipecacuanha, phenylephrine, pholcodine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline, and xylometazoline.
There have been five deaths and over 100 cases of serious adverse reactions attributed to cough and cold medicines in the UK in the last year. The researchers found that most of the overdoses were the result of children taking the medicine by themselves. Another cause is parents accidentally overdosing their kids with a cough medicine or giving their children the proper dose of more than one preparation.
The Laryngoscope, 1/08
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