Is Your Cough, Cold or Allergy Prescription Medication Approved By The FDA??
My son has a cough and runny nose so I go to the store today and get him some Children's Mucinex.. I get home and look up guaifenesin to see about side effects because it's the main ingredient and I don't recall that he has ever taken it before. So, I click on a web page at PubMed Health which explains the side effects. To my surprise there is this huge warning against the use of many cough, cold and allergy medications out on the market which are NOT approved by the FDA. In this warning article there is a link to a list of PRESCRIPTION DRUGS that contain guaifenesin that are NOT approved by the FDA and apparently many of which are still being prescribed by doctors... Ok, a bit scary.
Needless to say, It is bothersome that doctors are apparently prescribing cough, cold and allergy medications that have not been approved by the FDA and I guess this is the way to get the word out- through warnings on the internet. The list of unapproved cough, allergy and cold medications was pretty extensive and I have to wonder how many of those might still be being prescribed and how many people have these medications in their cabinets at home and still take them. In this article which you can see here it states that IF you are prescribed one of these medications to check back with your doctor and see about getting something else that is FDA approved. I'm thinking.. GEEZ!!! Going to the doc and dealing with the pharmacy is a pain in the you-know-what already ( at least in my experience) without having to get home and discover you have something deemed unsafe by the FDA and then have to go through the whole rigmarole of getting another script and having to deal with the pharmacy all over again.. I am SO, so glad this has not happened to me.
What is interesting though is that most of these drugs have already been on the market and have been being prescribed and used for years but the FDA has now decided that they must step in and "approve" these medications because of numerous concerns. If you have used or currently are using any of these unapproved medications they recommend that you discard them and they provide a link within this article on how to do this properly. The FDA says in order for the drugs to continue to be on shelves, they need to deem these medications safe, effective and good quality. Some of the concerns are the risky combinations in cough, cold and allergy drugs and also concerns about the use of these in children. I agree any additional preventative measure is good when it comes to protecting our kids. I guess people are being harmed much more than we are aware from mixing the wrong cough, cold and allergy medications. I can't help but think what a big headache for the FDA to have to step in here and it just seems really disorganized that doctors would be prescribing stuff that is actually deemed unsafe to take.
At first I was thinking, FDA is really causing a ruckus and was thinking of that saying "If it's broke, don't fix it" but apparently this is one of those times it is broke and needs to be fixed. All that being said, this hub will hopefully help get the word out here about these unsafe scripts being prescribed by your doctor or at least study up and see what is safe to take with what.
Please see the article here if you are interested: