The world health organization has warned against the use of four cough syrups that have been suspected of causing deaths in children. The cough syrups are used to stop coughing, thus avoiding the chest pains that may occur.
The drugs have been said to cause abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhea, inability to pass urine, headaches, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury, which may lead to death. The mentioned products have therefore been declared unsafe for use by the health organization.
The four syrups are promethazine oral solution, Kofexmalin baby cough syrup, Makoff baby cough syrup, and Magrip N Cough Syrup. One of the said products was discontinued in Kenya last year.
The public are therefore requested to be on the lookout and avoid these products unless the health organization declares otherwise. The drugs may still be in circulation in the informal sector. Kenyans are fond of buying drugs over the counter without a doctor's prescription. This has been associated with high consultation fees charged at hospitals and unemployment that has left many people broke.
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