Cough And Cold Medicines Not For Kids Under 6, States Health Canada


Manufacturers in Canada will need to relabel OTC (over-the-counter) cough and cold medicines which have pediatric dosing information to point these medications shouldn’t be provided to children under six years old.

Health Canada states these products affected are individuals which contain the ingredients the following which are administered orally (through the mouth).

Ingredients Impacted by Health Canada’s Decision on Cough and Cold Products for kids

Antihistamines in cough and cold medicines

(accustomed to treat sneezing, runny nose)

— brompheniramine maleate

— chlorpheniramine maleate

— clemastine hydrogen fumerate

— dexbrompheniramine maleate

— diphenhydramine hydrochloride

— diphenylpyraline hydrochloride

— doxylamine succinate

— pheniramine maleate

— phenyltoloxamine citrate

— promethazine hydrochloride

— pyrilamine maleate

— triprolidine hydrochloride


(accustomed to treat cough)

— dextromethorphan

— dextromethorphan hydrobromide

— diphenhydramine hydrochloride


(accustomed to release mucus)

— guaifenesin (glyceryl guaiacolate)


(accustomed to treat congestion)

— ephedrine hydrochloride/sulphate

— phenylephrine hydrochloride/sulphate

— pseudoephedrine hydrochloride/sulphate

Based on Health Canada, the relabeling is going to be completed prior to the fall of 2009, once the next cough and winter starts. For that current cough and winter medication will remain in the shops of stores as well as in homes using their existing labeling. This may include dosage information for kids under 6, as most of them also provide dosage information for adults and children on a single label. Consequently, with this cough and winter, parent/caregivers are requested to see any adverse health care specialist or pharmacist when choosing or with such products. For kids six and also over, as well as for adults, these medicines can nonetheless be used.

Health Canada states in an announcement that there’s limited evidence supporting the potency of cough and cold medicines in youngsters. Additionally, reports of overdose, misuse, and rare side-effects have elevated concerns regarding using these medications in more youthful children. Rare but serious side-effects include elevated heartbeat, convulsions, decreased degree of awareness, abnormal heart rhythms and hallucinations. The Scientific Advisory Panel’s conclusions and information on the brand new Health Canada recommendations is visible around the Health Canada Site.

Before the relabeling happens, Health Canada stands out on the following:

— Tendency to slack your son or daughter under six OTC medications for coughs and common colds.

— If your little one is over the age of 6 make certain you follow all of the instructions carefully – including the dosing and length-of-use directions, and also the dosing device if your are incorporated.

— If your medicine is labeled for adults tendency to slack it to some child.

— Tendency to slack several type of cough and cold medicine to some child. Cough and cold medications frequently contain multiple ingredients. Mixing products with similar component(s) might cause an overdose that can lead to injury to a young child.

— Speak to your healthcare specialist (physician, pharmacist, nurse, etc.) for those who have questions regarding the correct utilization of over-the counter cough and cold medicines.

— The most popular cold is really a viral infection that there’s no cure. Cough and cold medicines just offer temporary relief of signs and symptoms for example runny nose, cough, or nasal congestion Signs and symptoms may also be managed using a number of non-medicinal measures for example sufficient rest, elevated fluid intake along with a comfortable atmosphere with sufficient humidity.

— For babies and youthful children, you should eliminate serious illnesses which have cold-like signs and signs and symptoms (for instance, pneumonia, ear pain or any other infections). This is particularly important if signs and symptoms don’t improve, or maybe the youngsters condition worsens.

— If you’re worried about the youngsters health (for example if signs and symptoms worsen, last for over a week, or are supported with a fever greater than 38 C or producing thick phlegm), consult any adverse health care specialist for any medical evaluation.

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