N.W. asks from Houston, TX on November 28, 2007
Recalled Children's Medicine
I haven't been to the drug store since the recall of the children's cold medicines. I went yesterday and was surprised to see many of the medicines that were on the recall list...on the SHELF!!! I was wondering if the recall was mandatory or not? I'm still not going to give it to my son, but I'm afraid some people may still be tempted to do so.
J.J. answers from Dallas on December 01, 2007
I was at the pediatrician's office just yesterday morning, and my pedi said to go ahead and give it to my 23 month old since he is feeling so bad.
V.B. answers from Houston on November 28, 2007
It was a voluntary recall and had to do with dosing amounts, not the medicine itself. My pediatrician said that the medicines are fine to use if used in the correct dose for the weight of the child. She also said, however, that they may not work in children, so the use of them while not dangerous, per se, may be pointless. If you have concerns, then I would just avoid them altogether as you're doing, but they are safe in the right amounts if they aren't mixed with other medications containing the same active ingredients.
R. answers from San Antonio on November 29, 2007
The medications were recalled for use on children under the age of 6 and the meds are packaged for use on kids older than 6 in addition to the dosages for under 6. Also, the recall was voluntary, not mandatory.
J.V. answers from Houston on November 29, 2007
The medicine was not recalled because there was anything wrong with it. It was recalled b/c people didn't dose their children properly and if used incorrectly it can be dangerous.
H.M. answers from Dallas on November 28, 2007
It was a voluntary recall to change the dosage to not to give it to children under 2. I spoke to our pedi and he said it was still okay to use as long as you only give the dosage the doctor tells you to and you don't mix like Tylenol Cold and Tylenol and to make sure you communicate with your spouse or anyone else that may be giving medicine so that you don't double dose them.
D.A. answers from Dallas on November 28, 2007
Were they actually recalled or just additional warnings sent out about how they are used?
B.D. answers from Dallas on November 29, 2007
Ask your doctor, of course, but my doctor told me the same thing that others have said: It was a voluntary recall...there is nothing wrong with the medicines...it was just that people were making too many mistakes reading the dosage. I think maybe one of the brands said that you should give 1/2 teaspoon, and then it didn't have a mark on the little cup that corresponded with 1/2 teaspoon, so people were giving the wrong dosage. Basically, our pediatrician told us that as long as we know how to carefully read the dosage instructions on the bottle, it is fine to use.
S. answers from Dallas on November 29, 2007
My father in-law asked the pharmacist the same question. The medicines for infants should be gone b/c of the recall, however for children 2+ years of age the medicine was not recalled.
Best advice, talk to the pharmacist and make sure the medication won't be harmful.
D.T. answers from Houston on November 29, 2007
I had not heard of any Children's Cold Medicines being recalled. Please send a list of the recalls. I have just given my daughter some new cough/cold medicine last night after picking it up at the store yesterday. What was the reason for the recall?