Overdose Risk Prompts Kids' Cough Syrup Recall
Jan. 12, 2016 -- Two flavors of over-the-counter children's liquid cold medicine are being recalled across the United States because the dose cups that come with the medicine have incorrect markings and could lead to overdosing.
The grape and cherry-flavored products were made by Perrigo Company, but are sold nationwide under a number of brand names, WCVB TV in Boston reported.
The store brand names and lot numbers of the recalled five batches are:
GUAIFENESIN GRAPE LIQ 4 OZ:
- H.E.B - Lot No. 5LK0592 Expiration date 08/2017
- CVS - Lot No. 5MK0340 Expiration date 08/2017
GUAIFENESIN DM CHRY LIQ 4 OZ:
- Sunmark - Lot No. 5LK0528, 5LK0630, Expiration date 03/2017
- Rite-Aid - Lot No. 5LK0528, 5LK0630, Expiration date 03/2017
- Topcare - Lot No. 5LK0528, 5LK0630, 5LK0779, Expiration date 03/2017
- Kroger - Lot No. 5LK0528, 5LK0630, Expiration date 03/2017
- GoodSense - Lot No. 5LK0528, Expiration date 03/2017
- Dollar General - Lot No. 5LK0630, Expiration date 03/2017
- Care One - Lot No. 5LK0630, Expiration date 03/2017
- CVS - Lot No. 5LK0630, Expiration date 03/2017
An overdose of these products may cause hyper excitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, ataxia, dystonia, hallucinations, stupor, coma, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, irregular heartbeat, seizures, respiratory depression, and death, according to Perrigo.
However, the company said use of the mislabeled dose cups is unlikely to cause serious problems, and added that it has not received any reports of overdoses linked to the recalled products, WCVB News reported. Perrigo advised consumers to throw away the product if the batch numbers match.
For more information, consumers can call Perrigo toll free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, at 1-888-345-0479, or visit mucusreliefrecall.com.