Just a quick, short post for those families and individuals that may not have seen what was called “an urgent recall notice” on Infant Ibuprofen dated Dec. 5, 2018.
If you have a recalled product, stop using it. Stores should refund recalled products.
The recalled lots of the product have been found to possibly have higher concentrations of ibuprofen than normal.
Infants run a small risk of permanent kidney damage from the higher concentration of ibuprofen. Other possible side effects are nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain and, less commonly, diarrhea. Ringing in the ears (tinnitus), headache, and intestinal bleeding are also possible. But so far, Tri Pharma has not received any reports of infants who have had problems due to the drug.
Recall notice lot numbers
The products in the recall notice, which are pain relievers and fever reducers, were packaged and sold as follows:
- At Walmart stores as Equate: Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID), 50 mg per 1.25 mL, 0.5 oz. bottle. Expiration 02/19, lot 00717009A; expiration 04/19, lot 00717015A; expiration 08/19, lot 00717024A. NDC (national drug code) 49035-125-23.
- At CVS Pharmacies as CVS Health: Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID), 50 mg per 1.25 mL, 0.5 oz. bottle. Expiration 08/19, lot 00717024A. NDC 59779-925-23.
- At Family Dollar Stores as Family Wellness: Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID), 50 mg per 1.25 mL, 0.5 oz. bottle. Expiration 08/19, lot 00717024A. NDC 55319-250-23.
But Don’t hurry to switch from Ibuprofen to Acetaminophen
Some of you moms may worry that they should never again use Ibuprofen because of the recall notice, but it may be safer than Acetaminophen (Tylenol) especially if you vaccinate. I wrote a whole post on this!
In published research, compelling evidence is shown that acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol or Paracetamol) (does not cause autism) but increases the incidence of autism, attention deficit with hyperactivity and asthma in genetically and/or metabolically susceptible children.
Tragically, we don’t often know who those susceptible children are until they suffer damage! One reason for susceptibility is a MTHFR genetic mutation.
Also, there is a secondary caution with acetaminophen.
Acetaminophen suppresses the immune system!
PubMed studies have show that this is indeed true. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to study the effects of over-the-counter analgesic/antipyretic medications on virus shedding, immune response, and clinical status in the common cold. The Journal of Infectious Disease study states:
- “Use of aspirin and acetaminophen was associated with suppression of serum neutralizing antibody response and increased nasal symptoms and signs.”
- ” the suppression of antibody response may be mediated (brought about) through drug effects on monocytes and/or mononuclear phagocytes.”
- ” A trend toward longer duration of virus shedding was observed in the aspirin and acetaminophen groups.”
Finally, we now know that Knocking Down A Fever Is Like Shooting Your Attack Dog In a Burglary.
Recently there has been confirmation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that it is best, in most cases, to let the fever run its course without medication – with a watchful eye, of course. You can read more about it here and watch a short video!
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