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Children's cough medicine recalled

Children's cough and congestion medicine has been recalled because the dosing cup included in the package is incorrect and could lead to an accidental overdose.
Children's cough and congestion medicine has been recalled because the dosing cup included in the package is incorrect and could lead to an accidental overdose.

The Food and Drug Administration announced a voluntary recall of a common children's cough and congestion medicine because the dosing cup included in the package is incorrect and could lead to an accidental overdose.

The Perrigo corporation, which manufactures store brand medications for major chains like Rite-Aid, CVS and Dollar General, also announced the recall of 4 ounce bottles of grape and cherry-flavored children's guaifenesin syrup Monday.

The products are sold nationwide.

Guaifenesin is a common over-the-counter medication used to thin mucus secretions and relieve coughs by making them more productive.

Giving a child too much can lead to hyper-excitability, rapid eye movements, changes in muscle reflexes, lack of muscle control, involuntary muscle contractions, hallucinations, stupor and coma. It can also cause nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, seizures, respiratory depression.

It could build up in the system of children who don't metabolize the drug well.

The following lot numbers are included in the recall and should be returned to the stores where they were purchased.

* CVS guaifenesin grape liquid -- 4 ounce, lot 5MK0340, expiration 08/2017

* CVS guaifenesin DM cherry liquid -- 4 ounce, lot 5LK0630, expiration 03/2017

* Dollar General guaifenesin DM cherry liquid -- 4 ounce, lot 5LK0630, expiration 03/2017

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