Thursday, August 16, 2007

Careful with Cough Syrup!

Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee will be meeting in October to discuss cough and cold drugs usage by children.

Until that time they are instructing parents not to give over the counter cough and cold medicines to children under 2 without a doctor's order. The FDA says that these OTC medicines,

"can be harmful if more than the recommended amount is used, if it is given too often, or if more than one cough and cold medicine containing the same active ingredient are being used... Too much medicine may lead to serious and life-threatening side effects, particularly in children aged 2 years and younger."

The FDA then stressed that these drugs are designed just to alleviate symptoms of the common cold, not to cure it. Children will get better in time.

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