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article imageRisk of overdose prompts recall of children's cough syrup

By Karen Graham     Jan 12, 2016 in Health
Nine nationwide retailers, including CVS and Rite-Aid, are recalling two flavors of children's liquid cold medicine because the dose cup that comes with the medicine has incorrect markings that could lead to overdoses.
According to, Perrigo Company plc is recalling two of its over-the-counter (OTC) cold products for children. The grape and cherry-flavored products were distributed and sold nationwide under a variety of store brand names.
According to a press release issued by Perrigo, the voluntary recall includes: two batches of its children's guaifenesin grape liquid (100mg/5 mL) and three batches of its children's guaifenesin DM cherry liquid (100mg guaifenesin and 5mg dextromethorphan HBr/ 5 ml). The OTC cold products are sold in four-ounce bottles with dosage cups.
Giant and Stop & Shop were the first retailers to pull the product from their stores. The product is sold under the Care One brand by the two retailers. Additionally, Sunmark, Rite-Aid, Topcar, Kroger, GoodSense, Dollar General, Care One, and CVS pulled the store-branded cough medicine from their shelves, reports Consumerist.
An overdose of the recalled medicines can cause hyper-excitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, ataxia, dystonia, hallucinations, stupor, and coma.
Perrigo adds taking too much of the cough syrup's can also result in nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, irregular heartbeat, seizures, respiratory depression, and even death. However, Perrigo says using the mislabeled cups accompanying the cough medication is unlikely to cause any serious problems.
There have been no reports of overdoses linked to the recalled medicines, and in the press release, the company says, "Perrigo is taking this action to maintain the highest possible product quality standards for our retail customers and consumers. We are taking this action because it is the right thing to do."
Consumers are advised to throw away the cough syrups 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
This recall is being conducted with the full knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Recalled lots, along with their corresponding branded labels, are listed below:
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