Health Canada warns of unauthorized children’s medicine
Health Canada is warning parents about two brands of medicated baby syrup after learning they contain an unapproved drug.
The Federal Department has published a public consultation Thursday warning about using Robikids and Solmux, both advertised on Facebook by Kamshoppe.
Health Canada says both brands contain a prescription drug called carbocysteine, which can pose serious health risks.
Side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis, and gastrointestinal bleeding.
“Do not use these products. Return them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Consult a health care provider if you or your child have used any of these products and have health problems,” Health Canada said in the advisory.
“Prescription drugs can only be legally sold with a prescription. Buy your prescription drugs only from licensed pharmacies.”
Health Canada says other countries use carbocysteine to treat conditions where too much mucus builds up in the respiratory tract.
Along with various side effects, the department says carbocisteine is also not recommended for pregnant women.
Health Canada says it will notify the public if it becomes aware of other distributors or retailers that have offered the two products.
Consumers can confirm whether a health product is allowed to be sold in Canada by checking its eight-digit drug identification number, natural product number or homeopathic medicine number.
Other sources include: Drug Product Database: and: Licensed database of natural health products.
Consumers can also report side effect or complaints For Health Canada.
“Selling unauthorized health products is illegal in Canada. Unlicensed health products have not been approved by Health Canada, which means they have not been evaluated for safety, efficacy and quality and may pose a number of serious health risks,” the department said.
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