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Children's Motrin Cold
The following drug information is obtained from various newswires, published
medical journal articles, and medical conference presentations.
Company: McNeil Consumer Products
Approval Status: Approved August 2000
Treatment Area: For the temporary relief of common cold symptoms
Children's Motrin Cold (suspension form) has recently been
approved by the FDA for treatment of common cold symptoms,
including congestion, aches and pains, fever, headache, and sore
throat. This product's active ingredients are ibuprofen and
pseudoephedrine HCl, and it will be available for over-the-counter
purchase. Children's Motrin is produced by McNeil Consumer
Products Company, which is a member of the Johnson & Johnson
Ibuprofen has been known to produce a severe allergic reaction.
Some of the possible allergic effects are listed below:
- Facial swelling
- Asthma (wheezing)
Other possible side effects of ibuprofen include the
- Muscle cramps, numbness, or tingling
- Ulcers in the mouth
- Fluid retention
- Dry mouth
- Dizziness or headache
This product should not be used if the child has had a prior
allergic reaction to any other pain reliever/ fever reducer.
Mechanism of Action
Ibuprofen acts as an analgesic, and produces anti-pyretic
(fever-reducing) and anti-inflammatory effects. It belongs to the
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) class of drugs, and acts by
reducing levels of prostaglandins in the body.
Pseudoephedrine acts as a decongestant, and is classified as an
indirect sympathomimetic amine.
For more information on Children's Motrin, please visit the
web site of Motrin IB.
There are additional steps a parent can take to help a child
with a cold feel more comfortable:
- Salt water nose drops and a humidifier can ease congestion
- Hot liquids or soup can assist in clearing mucus from nasal
- Hot chocolate or tea can soothe a sore throat (from Motrin