What was in the old Contac cold medicine?
Phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, is found in nonprescription medications ranging from Contac and Triaminic to Acutrim and Dexatrim. The ingredient is believed to carry a risk of causing hemorrhagic strokes, or bleeding into the brain.
Is Contac cold medicine still available?
Contac® Cold + Flu can be purchased at retail locations nationwide.
What is contact drugs used for?
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis).
Can kids use cold medicine?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that children under the age of two should never be given over-the-counter (OTC) cough or cold medications. However, most cough and cold products state that cough and cold medicine should not be given to children under the age of four.
Can a 4 year old take a cold medicine?
Although cough and cold medicines may be used to treat the symptoms of the common cold in older children, they should not be used in children less than 4 years old. Too much cough and cold medicine can cause serious harm or even death in children.
When is it safe to take Contac cold medicine?
Do not use Contac Cold if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child.
Can a child take antibiotics for a cold?
The flu and most colds, coughs, sore throats, and runny noses are caused by viruses. Taking antibiotics will not cure a viral infection, keep others from catching the illness, or help your child feel better.
What are the side effects of cold medicine?
Cold syrup overdose has been linked to visual and auditory hallucinations as well as rapid involuntary jaw, tongue, and eye movements in children. Cough medicines can be abused as recreational drugs. Heroin was originally marketed as a cough suppressant in 1898.