Safeguard Your Medicine & Know What is in Your Cabinet: Over 100 OTC Products Contain DXM Below is a list of popular brand-name over-the-counter (OTC) cough, cold, and u medicines that contain the active ingredient dextromethorphan (DXM), which is the most widely used cough suppressant ingredient in the United States. While millions of Americans rely on OTC medicines containing DXM for cough relief, some teens ignore labeling instructions and intentionally […]

No Reason for Alarm in Canada after Cough Syrup Deaths in Other Countries: Health Agency

Daniel Otis Following the deaths of more than 300 children from contaminated cough syrups in several countries, Health Canada says it’s been more than a decade since similar cases were identified here. The children died in 2022 in Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan after taking over-the-counter cough syrups tainted with high levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. “These contaminants […]

Why Cough Medicines Containing Pholcodine Can Be Deadly Even If You Took Them Months Before Surgery

Nial Wheate and Tina Hinton Cough medicines containing the active ingredient pholcodine are being withdrawn from sale due to safety concerns highlighted for years both in Australia and internationally. Yesterday, Australia’s medicines regulator announced the immediate registration cancellation and recall of dozens of these over-the-counter cough medicines and lozenges. This is because of the risk of a […]

The Pediatric Perils of PEG: From MiraLAX to COVID Shots, FDA and CDC Ignore Safety Signals

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Children’s Health Defense Team Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that some ultrasound contrast agents contain polyethylene glycol (PEG) and therefore shouldn’t be administered to patients with known or suspected allergies to PEG — but there are no similar warnings for adults or children who get PEG-containing COVID-19 shots or MiraLAX, an […]