Unfortunately, many people neglect to read the labels before taking these over-the-counter remedies, resulting in a much longer--and more serious--illness.
Many patients do not realize that over-the-counter cough and cold products can be just as dangerous as prescription drugs. If cold victims take more than the recommended dosage or take the medicine too often, they are likely to suffer a serious Houston drug error injury.
Here are just a few ways cold and flu medications can result in a wrong drug dosage injury:
- Pain relievers. While may adults will assume Tylenol (acetaminophen) is harmless, many children have died as a result of receiving an improper dose. In many cases, adults did not realize that the infant drop formula is three times more concentrated than the children's liquid. If parents were not properly counseled by a pharmacist, the infant may suffer lifelong or fatal effects.
- Cough syrup. On March 11, 2008, The FDA issued a warning that Tussionex, a long-acting prescription cough medicine, can have life-threatening effects for children and adults. The cough syrup contains the narcotic hydrocodone, which helps to control excess coughing; however, patients have suffered breathing problems and even early death because they misunderstood how often and how much of the medication they should take.
- Lack of instructions. Many pharmacies fail to inform patients of potential side effects of non-prescription medication. As a result, many victims suffer overdose after misunderstanding dosage instructions, incorrectly measuring liquid medications, or taking multiple medications that contain the same active ingredient.
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