UPDATED: FDA Issues Warning for Cough Syrup that Contains Morphine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against taking an over-the-counter cough syrup that is sold online and in some retail stores.
The Licorice Coughing Liquid distributed by Master Herbs USA contains morphine, an FDA-approved drug to treat extreme pain. The packaging, which includes information written in English and Chinese, does not include morphine as an ingredient.
Master Herbs USA has agreed to recall the product.
The product was distributed to Chinese grocery stores in various cities in California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada, and Ohio.
Those who take too much morphine can suffer serious side effects and those who are hypersensitive to the drug can suffer allergic reactions. Morphine can slow a person's breathing, which when paired with other medications can cause death.
The FDA advises against buying the medication and anyone who already has it should not use it.
Anyone who has taken the cough syrup is encouraged to report any side effects or reactions to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.
Consumers with questions for the manufacturer can contact Master Herbs by phone at (626) 319-9915 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.