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Children's Guaifenesin News

This month, the Perrigo Company announced a voluntary recall of two batches of Children's Guaifenesin grape liquid (100mg/5 mL) and three batches of Children's Guaifenesin DM cherry liquid due to an error in the dosage cup included in some packages of the product.

If you are a parent who has purchased either of these products recently, under Sunmark, Rite-Aid, Topcare, Kroger, GoodSense, Dollar General, Care One, or CVS brand names it would be wise to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to ensure that the child you love is safe.

The Perrigo Company has stated that the recall was put into action to maintain product quality. While the threat of potential health risks does exist, it is important to understand that not all overdoses of Children's Guaifenesin will result in negative side effects. To get a better understanding of your child is at risk, continue reading, and consult a doctor if you believe there is a cause for concern.

Is Children's Guaifenesin safe?

The intended use of Children's Guaifenesin is for cough relief, and has been sold widely in retail stores across the country for this purpose. It is an over-the-counter medication which helps loosen phlegm to clear throat blockages and reduce irritation. It has proven effective in temporary cough relief.

When taken in the correct dosage it is unlikely that your child will suffer serious negative side effects, and as of today there have been no reported cases of overdose. The voluntary recall of Children’s Guaifenesin is not the result of a quality issue with the medication itself, but due to incorrect markings on the oral dosing cup. Inaccurate dosages of the product can lead to a range of health issues of varying levels of concern.

If you believe your child may have overdosed on Children's Guaifenesin liquid, it is important to look for negative side effects and to see a doctor for an official diagnosis. An overdose does not necessarily mean your child is in danger, and those most at risk are children who have taken three times the recommended dosage or who have a difficult time processing dextromethorphan, one of the main ingredients in the medication.

Children's Guaifenesin side effects

Overdoses of Children’s Guaifenesin may cause a wide range of side effects. Keep watchful for the more serious effects which include excessive excitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, partial loss of muscle control, hallucinations, stupor, and coma. Other effects have included nausea, vomiting, high heart rate or irregular heartbeat, seizures, slowed breathing, and death. In most cases these negative health concerns are temporary and reversible.

Next steps

If someone you love has used this product and suffered from any of these side effects, the first step is to see a doctor as soon as possible. Though no cases of serious overdose have been documented yet, your child may need to have their system flushed if they have ingested more than the recommended dosage. To find out of your product belongs to one of the affected batches, see the information listed below this article and search by retailer.

If you or a child you know has experienced negative consequences as a result of overdose, you may consider speaking to a lawyer to file a lawsuit. The Perrigo Company has publicly stated its responsibility in this case by announcing the recall and pursuing legal damages is within the rights of any user that has been negatively affected.

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