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Children's Robitussin and Dimetapp cough medicines recalled due to potential overdose risks


Symptoms of overdose of either product may include impaired coordination, elevated blood pressure, dizziness, seizure, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hallucinations, among other concerns, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.


"There is a potential risk of accidental overdose if caregivers dispensing the syrup do not notice the discrepancies between the graduations printed on the dosing cups and the indicated amounts to be administered," the FDA noted in its announcement.


"A majority of coughs actually resolve with just rest and home remedies," Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist , an internist at the Emory Clinic in Atlanta, told CNN In 2018.


Parents, take note: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare has voluntarily recalled three lots of its children's cough syrups — Children's Robitussin Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM and Children's Dimetapp Cold and Cough — due to the products having incorrect dosing cups in their packaging.That means parents might accidentally overdose a child by putting too much syrup in the cup.Symptoms of overdose of either product may include impaired coordination, elevated blood pressure, dizziness, seizure, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hallucinations, among other concerns, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.Adverse reactions can be reported to MedWatch, the FDA's Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting program.


"There is a potential risk of accidental overdose if caregivers dispensing the syrup do not notice the discrepancies between the graduations printed on the dosing cups and the indicated amounts to be administered," the FDA noted in its announcement.


A steamy hot shower, saline or saltwater drops or spray are other options to moisten the nasal passages and thin out the mucus.A cool-mist humidifier, also called a vaporizer, to your child's room can help hydrate the lungs, but clean it daily.






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