Parents be Cautious! Two Generic Children's Cough Syrup Recalled over Overdose Concerns

Be cautious parents, as they are requested to check their medicine cabinets for two batches of generic children's cough syrup: guaifenesin grape liquid (100mg/5 mL) and children's guaifenesin DM cherry liquid (100mg guaifenesin and 5mg dextromethorphan HBr/ 5 ml) sold in 4 oz. bottles. If they found these medicines at their homes, they are advised to immediately throw them out as they have been manufactured with incorrect markings. The Perrigo Company announced it is voluntarily recalling two batches of its children's guaifenesin grape cough medicine and three batches of its children's guaifenesin DM cherry liquid in four-ouce bottles that were being sold by national retailers with a dosing cup carrying the wrong markings.

The above mentioned two medicines are being recalled due to risk of overdose. According to the statement from the manufacturer, there exist chances for the children to get too much medication due to wrong markings on the bottle of the medicines. But, the company added that Perrigo did not manufacture the incorrectly-labeled dosing cups. It has been reported that the two batches of generic children's cough syrup are removed from pharmacy shelves across the country. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urged the consumers who have brought the medicines to discard the dosing device and the product.

The two drugs are sold over-the-country with different brand names: H.E.B, CVS, Sunmark, Rite-Aid, Topcare, Kroger, GoodSense, Dollar General, Care One, CVS. As per the statement from the company, hyperexcitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, ataxia, dystonia, hallucinations, stupor and coma are some of the side effects linked with an overdose. Nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, irregular heartbeat, seizures, respiratory depression and death are some of the symptoms associated with overdose. The good part is that no case of illness has been reported till now. But, still parents have been advsised that if they found any of the above symptoms in their children they should immediately seek help from a poison control center or a doctor.

The company said that consumers with questions or concerns can call toll free Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST, at 1-888-345-0479.

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