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Health Canada warns against Triaminic patch

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Consumers should not use Novartis' Triaminic Vapour Patch"due to the serious adverse health effects that could result if the product is accidentally ingested by children," Health Canada states in a release May 30. Active ingredients of the patch include camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol, and if swallowed can cause symptoms ranging from a burning sensation in the mouth, headache, nausea and vomiting to more serious effects such as seizures, the agency explains. The product is sold as an OTC cough suppressant for children ages two and older, and consumers are instructed to place the patch on the throat or chest so the vapors can be inhaled through the nose and mouth. The patch's applied location may facilitate a child removing the product and ingesting it, and the cherry scent is an additional risk for children, as it may entice a child to chew or swallow the product, Health Canada maintains. Novartis will initiate a recall of the product, and consumers should discontinue using the patches and return them to the point of purchase, the agency says...
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