Tesco recalls own-brand cold and chest remedy
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Customers who have recently purchased Tesco Max All-In-One Chesty Cough & Cold Lemon Sachets are advised to check the dosage information on the packaging as some lots have been mislabelled.
The medicine should not be given to people under 16 years old, but some of the recalled sachets indicate that children 12 years of age and over can take them.
Around 78,000 packs are affected.
Tesco has removed the product from the shelves for now.
MHRA’s director of security, Dr Alison Cave, said patient safety was paramount.
“We want to reassure patients and parents that if you or someone under the age of 16 have recently used these sachets and have not experienced any side effects, there is no cause for concern. If anyone has any questions, please speak to your healthcare professional and report any side effects through the yellow card system. “
The Yellow Card System is a website for reporting suspected adverse drug reactions.
The packs concerned each contain 10 sachets containing the drug paracetamol. The other ingredients include an expectorant (to help clear phlegm) called Guaifenesin and a decongestant called Phenylephrine.
Paracetamol is an everyday medicine that children can take, but like other medicines it can be dangerous if your child takes too much.
The affected sachets, which contain 1000 mg of paracetamol, incorrectly state that children aged 12 and over can take 4 sachets (diluted in water) over a 24 hour period, which would provide the equivalent of 4000 mg of paracetamol in total.
However, the recommended dose according to age is:
- For children 12 to 15 years old, 500 to 750 mg every 4 to 6 hours with a maximum of 4 doses per day
- For children 16-17 years old, 500-1000 mg every 4-6 hours with a maximum of 4 doses per day
This means that a person aged 12 to 15 could potentially take 1000 mg more than they should.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society President Thorrun Govind said parents shouldn’t panic if this happens, but should follow the advice to monitor their child for any potential side effects.
“Nausea and vomiting or drowsiness are some of the things to watch out for,” she said.
The NHS says if your child takes an extra dose of paracetamol by mistake, wait at least 24 hours before giving more.
If they have taken two or more extra doses, they may need treatment.
- NHS advice on giving paracetamol to children
The affected lot numbers are:
- 9MW0145 (expiration date November 2022)
- 0CW0054 (expiration date January 2023)
- 0FW0133 (expiration date May 2023)
The recall does not affect other products that share the same product license number (PL 12063/0104) but which are distributed by other retail stores.
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