Meds for Common Cold

Following an update by MHRA (Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) in 2009, there’s been a change in regulation of over the counter meds aimed at children with coughs/colds.

The affected the following

  • Cough Suppressants: Dextromethorphan and pholcodine
  • Expectorants: guaifenesin and ipecacuanha
  • Nasal Decongestants: ephedrine, oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine and xylometazoline
  • Antihistamines: Bromphneiramine, cholphenamine, diphenhydramine, doxylamine, promethazine, triprolidine

Products with these ingredients should be avoided in kids under 6yrs. 

For kids age 6-12yrs, these will only be available following discussion with the pharmacist.