-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Over-the-counter eye drops
or nasal decongestant sprays can pose a serious health threat to
children who swallow them and should be kept out of the reach of
kids at all times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
These products -- sold under brand names such as Visine, Dristan
and Mucinex, as well as generic and store brands -- contain active
ingredients called imidazoline derivatives.
"Children who swallow even miniscule amounts of these products can have serious adverse effects," FDA pharmacist Yelena Maslov said in an agency news release.
Between 1985 and 2012, there were 96 reported cases in which
children aged 1 month to 5 years accidentally swallowed products
containing imidazoline derivatives in the United States. Although
there were no reported deaths, 53 of the children had to be
hospitalized due to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sleepiness,
fast heart beat and coma, according to the FDA.
"Under-reporting of these types of events is common, so it is possible there are additional cases that we may not be aware of," Maslov said.
In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
proposed a rule to require child-resistant packaging for all
products that contain at least 0.08 milligrams of an imidazoline
derivative, but the rule has not been finalized.
The FDA is partnering with the CPSC to warn adults about the
need to keep these products safely out of the reach of children. If
a child swallows eye drops or nasal sprays, call the National
Capital Poison Center (1-800-222-1222) and seek emergency medical
attention, the FDA said.
The Nemours Foundation has more about preventing
poisoning by medications and other
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Copyright © EBSCO Information Services. All rights reserved.