Two types of cough syrup are being recalled due to incorrect markings on the dosage cups, which could lead to an accidental overdose. While this could affect California residents, no overdoses have been reported so far.
Both cough syrups are manufactured by the Perrigo company. The company issued a voluntary recall of two batches of its children's guaifenesin grape liquid and three batches of its children's guaifenesin cherry liquid DM. The medications are sold at nine major stores under different brand names across the country. Stores affected by the recall include CVS, H.E.B., Rite-Aid, Kroger, Dollar General, Sunmark, Topcare, Goodsense and Care One.
A company statement issued by the manufacturer of the cough syrups states that that using the recalled products affected by the dosing cup is unlikely to result in serious side effects. The statement further says that there have been no reports of anyone becoming sick after using the products.
One of the ingredients in the cough syrups, guaifenesin, is considered minimally toxic, while dextromethorphan can lead to more serious side effects, including hallucinations. Perrigo, which did not manufacture the dosage cups, is urging parents to throw away the incorrectly marked dosage cups rather than try to figure out the correct dosage.
Symptoms of guaifenesin overdose include rapid eye movements, hyper excitability, changes in muscle reflexes, stupor and coma. Parents should contact a doctor or poison control center immediately if they notice their child experiencing any of these symptoms.
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