FDA warning on children's OTC cough and cold medicines

The FDA is recommending that over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines no longer be used to treat children <2 years of age due to the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. This recommendation is based on both a review of information concerning serious side effects in children and the discussion and recommendations made at a public advisory committee meeting in October 2007. The FDA continues to review safety information regarding OTC cough and cold medicines in children 2-11 years of age and expects to publicly issue a recommendation in the near future.

For more information visit www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm152111.htm.