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Licorice Flavored Cough Syrup News

One of the scariest things about a drug like morphine is that you will never know if you are allergic to unless it enters your bloodstream first. Considering the average person will never really encounter a scenario that is extreme enough for a doctor to administer the drug under medical supervision, whether or not someone is allergic to it is rarely a question that pops up in your everyday person’s mind. Some unsuspecting consumers, though, have had to encounter this allergy by accident on behalf of a poorly labeled product known as “Licorice Flavored Cough Syrup.” If you heard that name or read it on a label in a store you probably wouldn’t bat an eye, not to mention you could very well be purchasing this product for your kids or other family members as well.

The chances of purchasing the recently recalled product vary depending on certain risk factors. You are at the highest risk if you are a resident frequenting Chinese grocery stores in the cities of New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, Ohio, Nevada, and California. Those who purchased the product are most likely looking for temporary relief of the side effects of a common cold, which includes coughing and minor throat and bronchial irritations. You should also be sure to double check your cabinets if you generally shy away from products like Robitussin and generic forms of such, as this specific product, without second glance, may come off as looking like other ‘organic,' herb like products.

The name of the company distributing and selling this product is Master Herbs, Inc., so if you happen to come across any other tinctures with their brand or name on it, it is advised to dispose of such.  

Is Liquid Coughing Syrup Safe? 

This is a hard question to answer because it depends on so many various factors with regards to the person consuming the product. This particular product distributed by Master Herbs, Inc., is of a much higher risk for being unsafe because it has been chemically tested and found to contain morphine- a potent opioid that is not declared in English on the label. Opioids are known to be part of an ingredient known as “Compound Camphor,” which does so happen to be declared on the label of the product, but not what is contained in it. Considering most people have no idea what Compound Camphor is, chances of it being ignored are high.

Target risk groups include young children with respiratory illnesses and people with hyper sensitivities to opiate like substances. Children with respiratory illnesses who who have ingested the product are potentially vulnerable to a life threatening side effect of opioid exposure known as respiratory depression. Exposure to morphine in the slightest can be life threatening to consumers at high risk as well as anyone who has potentially consumed more than the recommended dosage of the product. Just because you have consumed the product, however, does not mean you are in immediate life threatening danger.  

Licorice Coughing Syrup Side Effects 

Side effects of exposure or over-exposure to the ingredient morphine include drowsiness, slowed heart-beat, shortness of breath, respiratory depression, light headedness, and in more severe cases, the risk of addiction.  

If you think you are a loved one has been wrongfully exposed to this product it is recommended you speak with a lawyer regarding the situation. It is possible you may be able to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for any troubles this may have unknowingly caused you.

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