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May 26, 2011 at 9:01 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

FDA Unapproves Over 500 Cough and Cold Medicines

By Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD More Blogs by This Author

Good News!!! The FDA just "unapproved" over 500 cough and cold drugs because of safety concerns. Most of them are marketed for children. To date, NONE of the over the counter or prescription cough and cold drugs have ever been shown to be effective in children. Many of them have been shown to be harmful.

Over 500 children DIE each year from taking children's over-the-counter cough and cold medications. Potentially life-threatening side effects are suffered by thousands of children because of these medications. Children overdose on OTC medications even when given the “recommended dose”.

Early signs of overdose:

-stomach ache



-fast heart rate

-less energy

-fast breathing


Late signs of overdose: 

-irregular heartbeat




Medical experts recommend never giving these medications to children under 6 years old.

NOTE:  It is difficult even for doctors, to tell the difference between the early signs of overdose and “the normal” symptoms of a child being sick — always tell the doctor if you have given over-the-counter cough and cold medications to your child.

The CDC, FDA, and the American Academy of Pediatrics warn about the dangers 
of using conventional children's cough and cold medications.

Make the right choice and don't give your children these potentially dangerous medications.

Stay Healthy,

Dr. Jeff M.D.

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