FDA Public Health Advisory: Nonprescription Cough and Cold Medicine Use in Children

The FDA announced that, in October, the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee will discuss the safety and effectiveness of cough and cold drug product use in children. Questions have been raised about the safety of these products and whether the benefits justify any potential risks from the use of these products in children, especially in children under 2 years of age. Reports of serious adverse events associated with the use of these products appear to be the result of giving too much of these medicines to children. An over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine 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. To avoid giving a child too much medicine, parents must carefully follow the directions for use of the product in the “Drug Facts” box on the package label. What should parents know about using cough and cold products in children? Visit link above.
http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/advisory/cough_cold.htm