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Cold and cough medicines purchased over the counter for children under six years of age can cause serious side effects, including death, concluded an FDA analysis of the safety of children’s cold and cough medicines. The FDA has had 54 reports of children’s death as a result of using decongesants containing pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine and ephedrine. The FDA has told companies marketing children’s hydrocodone products that they must end their distribution prior to October 31.

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