The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not use Licorice Coughing Liquid due to the presence of morphine.

Licorice Coughing Liquid is sold over-the-counter and is manufactured by Ma Ying Long Pharmaceutical Group in China and distributed by Master Herbs USA, Inc. It is sold online and in some retail stores, the distributor has now recalled the product in light of the FDA warning.

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The product’s labeling contains information written in English and Chinese, the presence of morphine is not mentioned in the English text. The labeling only states guaifenesin 5% as an active ingredient intended for coughs caused by upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, and cold. If taken, consumers who are hypersensitive to morphine could experience severe allergic reactions. Other reactions can include respiratory depression and possible death. 

The recalled product is supplied as 3.38 floz (100mL) bottles.

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