Motrin and Tylenol Mix Up Could Be Harmful - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/13/04

Motrin and Tylenol Mix Up Could Be Harmful

A medication mix-up could be very dangerous for kids. That's why there is a nationwide consumer warning.

The maker of Children's Motrin and Tylenol gel tabs says the two drugs were mistakenly swapped during packaging and shipped nationwide earlier this year. So far, only two of the bad batch have turned up, but since drug maker McNiel won't say how many packages were mislabeled, we don't know how many are out there.

So, here's what you need to watch for in your medicine cabinet. Some packages of grape-flavored Children's Motrin actually contain adult doses of eight hour Tylenol gel tabs. If there's a switch, it should be obvious. Children's Motrin grape chewable tablets are purple and they smell like grape flavoring. The Tylenol eight hour gel tabs are round, too, but they're white on one side, red on the other, with eight hour written in blue.

Also, the mislabeled packages are marked with the lot number JAM-108 and expire in January 2006. So, if your Children's Grape Motrin comes with those numbers, or they're not grape, don't use it.

For more information contact the company at ( www.motrin.com) or call 1-800-962-5357.

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