Bottles of over-the-counter cough syrup, Licorice Coughing Liquid, contain morphine that is not identified on the medicine’s label and should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. Morphine can cause serious adverse effects including allergic reactions, respiratory depression and death.
Licorice Coughing Liquid is manufactured by Ma Ying Long Pharmaceutical Group in China and distributed in the U.S. by Master Herbs USA, Inc. in Pomona, Calif. The distributor has agreed to recall the product, which is sold online and in some retail stores.
Consumers are urged not to purchase the cough medicine, and those who have this product in their possession are urged not to use it. People who experience side effects after consuming the cough medicine should contact their doctor. Any adverse events related to Licorice Coughing Liquid should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
The recall comes just one week after Perrigo Company issued a recall of its Care One cherry- and grape-flavored Children’s Mucus Relief Cough because the wrong dosage is marked on bottles of its cough syrup.