New FDA Study Shows Increased Cough Medicine Poisoning in Children – Everyday Health | Team Cansler

Poison control calls for overdoses of the cough medicine benzonate (sold under the brand name Tessalon) have spiked as prescriptions for the drug have increased, according to a new study by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Overdose rates are increasing in children under 5 who accidentally take the drug and in children 10 and older who intentionally abuse the cough medicine; the results were published in the December 2022 issue of paediatricspublished online on November 15.

“The key finding of our study is that drug safety considerations go beyond the safe and appropriate use of prescription drugs,” says lead author Dr. Ivone Kim, Chief Physician at the FDA. “Access to benzoate at home may pose a risk of accidental ingestion in young children. For older children and adolescents, access to benzoate can lead to misuse or abuse of these products, including use in attempted suicide,” says Dr. Kim.

Signs of a benzoate overdose can include restlessness, tremors, seizures, fainting, or heart attack, and possibly death, according to the FDA.

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