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Is Your Cough, Cold or Allergy Prescription Medication Approved By The FDA??

Updated on September 26, 2011

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:

FDA Intends to Remove Some Unapproved Cough, Cold, and Allergy Drugs from the Market


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    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      nick071438, Yes, I was disturbed about it too. Thank you so much for dropping by. Good luck on your study!

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      6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I find it truly disturbing to learn that some doctors are prescribing medicine for cough, cold and allergy which aren't sanctioned by the FDA. I intend to conduct a little study to determine if the medicine mentioned in the article are found in our country.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      You're welcome, John S. Thank you for reading.

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Very informative article - thanks Jamie

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      kashir56: Thank you for reading! Yes, I was surprised, too..It really is crazy to think that there is medication prescribed and purchased out there that is not even approved by the FDA.

      agusfanani: Thank you so much for reading :)

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      7 years ago from Indonesia

      That's a good article. Thank you Jamie Brock.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Jamie, i had no idea that some medications were being sold and were not approved by the FDA .

      Useful and vote up !!!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for reading marellen.. Yes, I agree with you... how in the world are doctors prescribing medications unknowingly that are not approved by the FDA and I guess the pharmacies are dispensing them too. what a big mess!

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      7 years ago

      I had no idea that they can sell drugs that have not been approved by the FDA. Great article. It always amazes me when I see a commerical on TV about taking a certain drug and all the side effects you can get from this med...makes me wonder for sure.


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